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Canton Name Meaning

English Welsh (Pembrokeshire) and Irish (Mayo and Westmeath of Anglo-Norman origin): shortened form of Cannington from Cannington (Somerset). The first of this name in Pembrokeshire was an Anglo-Norman lord Sir William de Cantington of Eglwyswrw also known as Hen Wiliam Caentwyn who died c. 1230. The surname was frequently written as Cantetone Caunton and Canton. In the late 12th or early 13th century members of the Pembrokeshire family obtained estates in Ireland where was Gaelicized as Condún; see Condon . English (of Huguenot origin): habitational name from Cantin Nord (France). Galician (Cantón): habitational name from any of the places in Lugo and Pontevedra provinces (in Galicia Spain) named Cantón from a derivative of canto ‘corner’ (see Canto ). French (southern): topographic name from Occitan canton ‘corner’ denoting someone who lived on a street corner.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Canto, Caton, Danton, Cantin, Cayton, Cantone, Calton, Clanton

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You can see how Canton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canton families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Canton families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Canton's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Canton families in 1840.
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What did your Canton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Canton. 14% of Canton men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Canton women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canton were Clerk and Cook. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Maid
  • Saleslady
  • Cook
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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Canton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Canton in 1947 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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