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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kanter, Canter, Kante, Cante, Kant, Cant, Kahnt, Kantt, Cantt, Kanther, Kanters, Cantor (Latin), Kantor, Kanthor, Canthor, Kanthen and many more.

First found in Pomerania, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, many of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Arnold Cantor of Rostock in 1298, and Andreas Kanther of Stuttgart in 1498. The literal meaning of the name is the ecclesiastic position of cantor.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canter research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1724, 1727, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Canter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Canter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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


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  • 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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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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 27 November 2011 at 08:22.

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