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Cane Name Meaning

English: nickname for a tall thin man, from Middle English, Old French cane ‘cane’, ‘reed’ (Latin canna). It may also be a topographic name for someone who lived in a damp area overgrown with reeds, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who gathered reeds, which were widely used in the Middle Ages as a floor covering, as roofing material, and for weaving small baskets. Southern Italian: either a habitational name from a place named Canè, in Bescia and Belluna, or more likely an occupational name for a basket maker or the like, from Greek kanna ‘reed’ + the occupational suffix -(e)as. French: Norman and Picard variant of chane a term denoting a particular type of elongated pitcher (ultimately from Latin canna ‘reed’), hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a potter who specialized in making such jugs, or a nickname for someone who resembled one. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Köhn (see Kuehn).

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


Similar surnames: Cave, Carne, Cape, Cade, Case, Lane, Cann, Cage, Crane, Cale

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You can see how Cane families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cane family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cane families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 142 Cane families living in Ontario. This was about 58% of all the recorded Cane's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cane families in 1911.
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What did your Cane ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cane. 38% of Cane men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Factory
    12%
  • Machinist
    10%
  • Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    100%
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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Cane. For the veterans among your Cane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cane lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Cane in 1943 was 57, and 74 in 2004.

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