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Where did the Italian Cantu family come from? What is the Italian Cantu family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cantu family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cantu family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cantu, Cantuti and others.

First found in Lombardy (Italian: Lombardia), where the ancient ancestors of the Cantu family once lived. The name Cantu means "circular," or "rolling stone." The name is most likely toponymic in origin, meaning that it was taken from a geographic feature near the family's home; in this case, the family probably lived near a round and prominent rock.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantu research. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cantu History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cantu Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cantu Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Plutareo Cantu, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895

Cantu Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Angela Cantu, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Milan, Italy, in 1905
  • Angelo Cantu, aged 23, who settled in America from Carbonara, Italy, in 1912
  • Francesco Cantu, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from Palazzago, Italy, in 1913
  • Rinaldo Cantu, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Paloizzago, Italy, in 1913
  • Violante Cantu, aged 7, who landed in America from Pastringo, Verona, in 1916


  • Norma V. Cantu (b. 1954), American civil rights lawyer and educator
  • Jorge Luis Cantú (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • Homaro Cantu (b. 1976), American inventor, entrepreneur, chef, and gastronomer
  • Cesare Cantú (1804-1895), Italian historian and novelist
  • Rolando Cantu (b. 1981), Mexican football player


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  6. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  9. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  11. ...

The Cantu Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cantu Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 20 June 2014 at 12:19.

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