Canton Family History

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Canton Name Meaning

Galician (Cantón): habitational name from places in Lugo and Pontevedra provinces, in Galicia, named Cantón, from a derivative of canto ‘corner’ (see Canto). Southern French: topographic name, from Occitan canton ‘corner’, ‘angle’, denoting someone who lived on a street corner.

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

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

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Canton Family Origin

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Canton Family Occupations

What did your Canton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Canton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Canton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Canton family was Day Laborer. Farmer, Cultivateur and Book Agent were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Canton.

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  • Farmer

  • Cultivateur

  • Book Agent

  • Day Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Canton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Canton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Canton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Canton. 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 Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Canton. For the veterans among your Canton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Canton Life Expectancy

What is the average Canton lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Canton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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