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Where did the French Cantine family come from? What is the French Cantine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cantine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cantine family history?

French historians tell that the name Cantine was first used by the people of the province of Anjou. Cantine is a name for a person who lives on a patch of stony ground, or near a quarry. Ancient records reveal the name Cantine is derived from the Latin word Cantus, which refers to the rim or edge of a wheel.


The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cantine is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Cantin, de Cantin, Cantain, Cantaing, Cantains, Cantein, Kantin, Kantein, Kantains, Quantin, Quantain, Quantins, Quantain, Quantein, de Kantin, Canting, Canteins, Gantin and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantine research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1700 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Cantine History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cantine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Cantine. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cantine were

Cantine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Cantine, who landed in New York in 1701


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