Cantor Family History

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Cantor Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Canter. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Kantor. French (Picardy): learned form of chantre ‘singer’. Compare Canter 1.

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

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

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Cantor Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cantor name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cantor. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Germanic Europe


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Cantor Family Origin

Where is the Cantor family from?

Cantor Family Occupations

What did your Cantor ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Brass Finisher, Carpenter and Cigar Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cantor. The most common Cantor occupation in the USA was Brass Finisher. 8% of Cantor's were Brass Finishers. A less common occupation for the Cantor family was Druggist.

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  • Brass Finisher

  • Carpenter

  • Cigar Maker

  • Druggist


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

Cantor Historical Records

What Cantor family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Cantor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cantor 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 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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Draft Card

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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Cantor Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cantor

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cantor 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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