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Cantor Name Meaning

English (Middlesex of Norman origin): nickname or occupational name from Old French c(h)aunteor Anglo-Norman French c(h)aunter ‘singer chorister one who leads the singing’ also (in Old French) ‘poet minstrel’. The earliest examples of this surname are from Latin cantor (the ancestor of the Old French word) and refer to precentors in cathedrals or monasteries while the modern surname of Old French origin will have originally denoted a secular singing role. Compare Canter . German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kantor . French (Picardy): learned form of chantre ‘singer’. Compare 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Canter, Kantor, Cater, Pastor, Claytor, Santor, Mantor, Sartor

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You can see how Cantor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cantor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Cantor families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Cantor families living in Ontario. This was about 79% of all the recorded Cantor's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cantor families in 1911.
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What did your Cantor ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Clerk was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Cantor. 100% of Cantor men worked as a 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 1921

  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Cantor. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Cantor. For the veterans among your Cantor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cantor lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Cantor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cantor in 1946 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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