History of your Surname
Get access to Canter family records.Start a free trial

Canter Family History

Canter Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Anglo-Norman French cant ‘song’, applied as an occupational name for a singer in a chantry or a nickname for someone who had a good voice or who sang a lot. Americanized spelling of Kanter or Kantor.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cater, Carter, Ganter, Cantor, Panter, Canner, Center, Colter

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Canter family from?

You can see how Canter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 19 Canter families living in Ohio. This was about 37% of all the recorded Canter's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Canter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Canter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Canter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Canter. 25% of Canter men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Canter women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canter were Farm Laborer and Clerk.

View Census data for Canter | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Canter family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Canter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Canter

Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Canter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Canter immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Canter. For the veterans among your Canter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Canter military records

You've only scratched the surface of Canter family history.

Discover More

What is the average Canter lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Canter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Canter in 1946 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Canter

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Canter family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial