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The Canter family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a choirmaster. Checking further we found the name was derived from the word cantor, the Latin word for precentor. The name could have also come from the Old English word gaunter which was the trade name of a glover, or one who makes gloves.

Canter Early Origins



The surname Canter was first found in Oxfordshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Canter Spelling Variations


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Canter Spelling Variations



Canter has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Caunter, Canter, Ganter, Gaunter, Cantor, Cantour, Cauntor and many more.

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Canter Early History


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Canter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canter research. Another 383 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1273, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Canter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Canter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Canter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Canter 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Canters to arrive on North American shores:

Canter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Canter, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Canter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Canter, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • George Canter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Canter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Canter, who arrived in Colorado in 1882
  • Charles Canter, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Canter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • David Canter, aged 22, who settled in America from Manchester, in 1904
  • Barnet Canter, aged 21, who settled in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Elias Canter, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1910
  • C. Canter, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Alfred Canter, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Canter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Canter (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Canter (b. 1965), American former professional tennis player who was ranked World No. 36 (October 13, 1986)
  • David Canter (b. 1973), American NFL sports agent
  • Dan Canter (b. 1961), retired American soccer defender
  • Marc Canter, American CEO of Broadband Mechanics

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quam non terret hyems
Motto Translation: Which winger does not nip with cold.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Canter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Canter 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 August 2015 at 08:11.

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