The distinguished surname Canot emerged among the industrious people of Flanders
, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish
and English nations, many Flemish
migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Canot is an occupational
name for a precentor,
the leader of the singing of hymns in a cathedral or monastery. The surname is derived from the Old Norman French word cant,
which in turn comes from the Old French word chant,
which means singing
Early Origins of the Canot family
The surname Canot was first found in Fife
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, of Flemish
origin and arrived in Scotland
about the year 1200 from Flanders.
Early History of the Canot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canot research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1700, 1590, 1663, 1651, 1728, 1675 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Canot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Canot Spelling Variations
surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations
. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish
settlers in England
, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish
names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Cant, Kant, Cante and others.
Early Notables of the Canot family (pre 1700)
Prominent in the family at this time was Emmanuel Kant, Philosopher; Andrew Cant (1590-1663), Scottish Presbyterian minister and leader of the Scottish Covenanters, Rector of King's College... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Canot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Canot family to the New World and Oceana
Canots were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Catherine Cant who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Robert Cant settled in Barbados in 1634; William Cant settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820.