Most of the congregations of Augustinian canons had convents of nuns, called canonesses; many such exist to this day.
Distant, was founded in 1232 for Austin canonesses, and dissolved in 1539.
BRIDGITTINES, an order of Augustinian canonesses founded by St Bridget of Sweden c. 1350, and approved by Urban V.
He was educated by his father, who was a minister of the Reformed Church, and head of the Frondenberg convent of canonesses (Frauleinstift).
Collegiate foundations, which provide a home and an income for unmarried ladies, generally of noble birth, called canonesses (Kanonissinen) or more usually Stiftsdamen.