Origins Available: English
The distinguished surname Cante 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 Cante 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 Cante family
The surname Cante 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 Cante family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cante 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 Cante History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cante 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 Cante 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 Cante Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cante family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cante were among those contributors:
Cante Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann David Cante, who landed in North America in 1852 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)