Cantillon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Cantillon, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Cantillon family originally lived in the place called Cauntelo in Northern France. Early medieval deeds record the surname Cantillon as de Cantelupo, the Latin equivalent of the Norman name de Cauntelo. Before their migration to Ireland, the Cantillon family spent a long period in England. The shrine of St. Thomas de Cantelupe, who was the last English saint canonized prior to the Reformation, is in Hereford Cathedral.

Early Origins of the Cantillon family

The surname Cantillon was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they held a family seat at Ballyheige where they had been granted lands after the Norman invasion in 1172 by Strongbow.

As one would expect, not all of the family moved to Ireland. Bingley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "This place is one of the thirty two lordships granted by the Conqueror to Erneis de Berun, from whose descendants it was conveyed to the Paganells and the Gants, and afterwards to the Cantilupe family." [1]

On the infamous side, Fulk de Cantelo, Canteleo, Cantelupe, Cantilupe ( fl. 1209), "is mentioned by Wendover as one of John's evil counsellors. After the election of Stephen Langton as archbishop he was sent by John to expel the Canterbury monks, and the lands of the see were put under his charge." [2]

Roger de Cantelupe (fl. 1248), legist, son of Roger de Cantelupe, was hanged for treason in 1225. [2]

George de Cantelupe (d. 1273), was son of William, the third Baron Cantelupe (d. 1254), is styled Baron of Bergavenny. He was knighted by Henry III in 1272, on the occasion of the marriage of Edmund of Cornwall. He was put into possession of his lands on 23 April 1273, but died the following November. His sister Joanna married Henry of Hastings. [2]

Early History of the Cantillon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantillon research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1299, 1680 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Cantillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cantillon Spelling Variations

It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Cantillon that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Cantillon has existed in the various shapes: Cantillon, Cantilon, Cantlin, Cantilupe, Cantlowe, Cantelowe, Cantell, Cantillion, Cantlon, Cantlow and many more.

Early Notables of the Cantillon family (pre 1700)

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United States Cantillon migration to the United States +

Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Cantillon:

Cantillon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Cantillon, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [3]
Cantillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cantillon, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 [3]
Cantillon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Manuel Cantillon, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Alfonso XIII" from Havana, Cuba [4]
  • Manuel Cantillon, aged 27, who arrived in New York City in 1919 aboard the ship "Alfonso XIII" from Bordeaux, France [5]
  • Matthew Cantillon, aged 26, originally from Hebburn on Tyne, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Matthew Cantillon, aged 27, originally from Hebburn-on-Tyne, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Joseph Cantillon, aged 21, originally from Limerick, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cantillon (post 1700) +

  • Richard Cantillon (d. 1734), Irish economist who belonged to the family of that name of Ballyheige, County Kerry [9]
  • Richard Cantillon (1697-1734), Irish/French financier


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-ZWB : 6 December 2014), Manuel Cantillon, 14 Dec 1919; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Alfonso XIII, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67C-DQ3 : 6 December 2014), Manuel Cantillon, 05 May 1919; citing departure port Bordeaux, France, arrival port New York City, ship name Alfonso XIII, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z7-SQ3 : 6 December 2014), Matthew Cantillon, 24 Sep 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZC-LQ3 : 6 December 2014), Matthew Cantillon, 01 Oct 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6D4-Q2S : 6 December 2014), Joseph Cantillon, 07 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Celtic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 31 Oct. 2019


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