Canales History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Italian name Canales is derived from one of several places named Canale in northern Italy. The place name comes from the Italian word "canale," meaning "canal." Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames, created from place names are also found. These local names, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land, and often bear the prefix "di," meaning "from."

Early Origins of the Canales family

The surname Canales was first found in the area around the city of Ferrara, where Tommaso Canali was a judge in the mid 12th century. One line of the Canales family originated in the Polcevera valley, northwest Italy, and was first mentioned in documents dating from the year 1100. Of this line, Emanuele Canale was a member of the faction that supported Paolo Da Novi in 1506. Otto Canella (d. before 1143) was Consul of Genoa in 1133 and is an ancestor of the House of Grimaldi, the family which to this day, rules Monaco.

Early History of the Canales family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canales research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1322, 1470, 1505, 1610, 1697, 1725, 1730, 1768, and 1802 are included under the topic Early Canales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canales Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Canales include Canal, Canale, Canali, Da Canale, Da Canàl, Da Canal, Canaletto, Canalini, Canales and many more.

Early Notables of the Canales family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Guidone Canali, who was the Bishop of Turin in 1322; Carlo Canale of Mantua was highly involved with the church in the 15th century; Bartolomeo Canale was the mayor of Massafiscaglia during the 15th century; Vittorio Canale was a military Captain of the troops at Foligno; Altobello Canale was a knight in Todi in 1470; his brother, Matteo Canale was Captain of the Ghibelline faction in the city; Nicola Canale was an admiral...
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Canales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Canales migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Canales were

Canales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1825
  • F Canales, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [1]
  • A. Canales, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829
  • A Canales, aged 35, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • J. Canales, who settled in New Orleans in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Canales (post 1700) +

  • Kaleb Canales (b. 1978), American professional assistant basketball coach
  • Viola Canales (b. 1957), American writer
  • Mike Canales (b. 1961), American college football coach
  • Laura Canales (1954-2005), American Tejano musician
  • Juan Bosco Maino Canales (d. 1976), American photographer
  • Rachel Canales, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996 [2]
  • Judith A. Canales, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 80th District, 2002 [2]
  • Jose A. Canales, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, 1977-80 [2]
  • Gabi Canales, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 35th District; Elected 2002 [2]
  • Dania Canales, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 [2]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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