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Canto Name Meaning

Spanish and Portuguese: topographic for someone who lived on a corner, canto ‘corner’ (from Latin cantus), or a habitational name from numerous places in Spain and Portugal named with this word. Catalan (Cantó): habitational name from any of the minor places in Catalonia named Cantó, from Catalan cantó ‘stone’, derived from the pre-Latin form cant-.

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


Similar surnames: Canton, Cano, Canal, Castro, Cardo, Cantu, Catto, Salto, Cato, Basto

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Where is the Canto family from?

You can see how Canto families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canto family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Canto families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Canto families living in Texas. This was about 37% of all the recorded Canto's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Canto families in 1880.
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What did your Canto ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Canto. 30% of Canto men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Canto women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canto were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*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
    30%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    25%
  • Machine Operator
    25%
  • Cigar Maker
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Canto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canto census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Canto. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Canto. For the veterans among your Canto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canto lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Canto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Canto in 1953 was 77, and 67 in 2004.

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