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Kantor Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a cantor, an official of a synagogue whose duty is to sing liturgical music and leads prayers, from Latin cantor ‘singer’, a derivative of canere ‘to sing’. German, Czech, Slovak, and northern Croatian; Hungarian (Kántor): occupational name for a choirmaster or village schoolmaster.

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


Similar surnames: Kanter, Cantor, Pastor, Kastor, Kaczor, Sartor, Cantore, Panter

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Where is the Kantor family from?

You can see how Kantor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kantor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Kantor families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Kantor families living in New York. This was about 44% of all the recorded Kantor's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kantor families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kantor surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kantor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kantor. 18% of Kantor men worked as a Salesman and 13% of Kantor women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kantor were Proprietor and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
    18%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    13%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Kantor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kantor 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Kantor. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Kantor. For the veterans among your Kantor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kantor lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Kantor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Kantor in 1948 was 55, and 77 in 2004.

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