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Canter Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Anglo-Norman French cant ‘song’, applied as an occupational name for a singer in a chantry or a nickname for someone who had a good voice or who sang a lot. Americanized spelling of Kanter or Kantor.

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


Similar surnames: Cater, Carter, Ganter, Cantor, Panter, Canner, Center, Colter

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Where is the Canter family from?

You can see how Canter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 132 Canter families living in Quebec. This was about 61% of all the recorded Canter's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Canter families in 1911.
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What did your Canter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Canter. 71% of Canter men worked as a Cultivateur.

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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

  • Cultivateur
    71%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
    100%
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What Canter family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Canter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canter 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Canter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Canter. For the veterans among your Canter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canter lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Canter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Canter in 1946 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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