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Cantu Family History

Cantu Name Meaning

Mexican (Cantú): probably a habitational name from Cantù in Italy. This surname is extremely frequent in Mexico, but rare elsewhere.

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


Similar surnames: Canto, Canby, Banta, Cann, Santa, Canal, Canas, Canter, Gant, Sante

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Where is the Cantu family from?

You can see how Cantu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cantu family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Cantu families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 414 Cantu families living in Texas. This was 100% of all the recorded Cantu's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Cantu families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cantu surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cantu ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cantu. 42% of Cantu men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Cantu women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cantu were Farm Labor and Laborer.

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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
    42%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Farm Labor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Maid
    17%
  • Laundress
    11%
  • Laborer
    8%
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What Cantu family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Cantu. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantu 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Cantu. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Cantu. For the veterans among your Cantu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cantu lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cantu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cantu in 1945 was 45, and 69 in 2004.

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