French historians tell that the name Cantineau was first used by the people of the province of Anjou
. Cantineau is a name for a person who lives on a patch of stony ground, or near a quarry. Ancient records reveal the name Cantineau is derived from the Latin word Cantus, which refers to the rim or edge of a wheel.
Early Origins of the Cantineau family
The surname Cantineau was first found in Anjou
, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.
Early History of the Cantineau family
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Cantineau Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Cantineau include Cantin, de Cantin, Cantain, Cantaing, Cantains, Cantein, Kantin, Kantein, Kantains, Quantin, Quantain, Quantins, Quantain, Quantein, de Kantin, Canting, Canteins, Gantin and many more.
Early Notables of the Cantineau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cantineau family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Cantineau has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cantineau were Dennis Canting settled in Carolina in 1678.