Show ContentsCano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Spanish surname Cano is derived from a nickname; that is, it was originally used to describe a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this case, the surname is derived from the Spanish word "cano," meaning "white-haired" or "ancient," and would have been applied to one with gray hair or one who was advanced in years.

Early Origins of the Cano family

The surname Cano was first found in many Regions of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. There were families of this name in Castile, Murcia, Seville, Vizcaya, Portugal and other regions. In Vizcaya, a family of this name resided in Aldeanueva, Valmaseda, while another family was established in Penacerrada, Laguardia, in Alava.

Early History of the Cano family

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Cano Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cano, Cao, Cane, Caño and others.

Early Notables of the Cano family (pre 1700)

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Cano Ranking

In the United States, the name Cano is the 1,452nd most popular surname with an estimated 22,383 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Cano is ranked the 902nd most popular surname with an estimated 5,710 people with that name. [2]

United States Cano migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Manuel Cano, aged 39, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1811 [3]
  • Hernan Cano, who landed in Cartagena in 1834 [3]
  • Sebastian Cano, who landed in Venezuela in 1834 [3]
  • Herman Cano, who landed in New Spain in 1834 [3]
  • Juan Cano, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1836 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Cano migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Cano Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Heman Cano, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1834 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cano (post 1700) +

  • Félix Manuel Cano (b. 1966), former Spanish baseball pitcher
  • José Ortega Cano (b. 1953), Spanish bullfighter
  • Don Juan Cano (1502-1572), Spanish conquistador
  • José María Cano (b. 1959), Spanish composer, and contemporary artist
  • Gabriel Cano, Spanish soldier who served as Royal Governor of Chile from 1717 to 1733
  • Ulises Cano (b. 1983), Spanish footballer currently
  • Franklin Arregui Cano (b. 1911), Spanish painter
  • Melchoir Cano (1509-1560), Spanish theologian
  • Alonso Cano (1601-1667), Spanish painter/sculptor/architect
  • Ricardo Obregón Cano (1917-2016), Argentine Justicialist Party politician, 53rd Governor of Córdoba (1973-1974)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  3. 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)
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