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The distinguished surname Cant 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. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Cant 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 or song.

Cant Early Origins



The surname Cant 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.

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Cant Spelling Variations


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Cant Spelling Variations



Flemish 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.

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Cant Early History


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Cant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cant 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 Cant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cant Early Notables (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 Cant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cant arrived in North America very early:

Cant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cant settled in Barbados in 1634
  • William Cant, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Jan Cant, aged 29, landed in New York in 1639
  • Heindric Cant, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1639
  • David Cant, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Cant who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Cant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Cant, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • William Cant settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Cant, who landed in America in 1830
  • Catherine Cant, who landed in New York in 1832

Cant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Betsy Cant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Charlotte Cant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • George Cant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Griffin Cant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Mary Selina Cant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848

Cant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Cant arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Henry Cant, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Marian Cant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878
  • Frances Cant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878
  • Emily Cant arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Loch Fleet" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cant (post 1700)



  • William Alexander Cant (1863-1933), United States federal judge
  • Gilbert Cant (1909-1982), English-born, American journalist and war correspondent at the New York Post
  • Brian Cant (b. 1933), English actor, television presenter and writer, best known for his work in BBC television programmes for children
  • Hartley Gordon James "Harry" Cant (1907-1977), Australian politician, Senator for Western Australia (1959-1974)
  • Andrew Cant (b. 1899), Scottish professional footballer
  • Robert Bowen Cant (1915-1997), British Labour politician, Member of the UK Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central (1966-1983)
  • Cannon Cant, Chancellor of York
  • Lisa Cant (b. 1984), Canadian super model

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    Other References

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    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cant 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.

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