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Canton Early Origins



The surname Canton was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when John Galmeton held estates in that shire in the North Riding at Ganton, ancient Saxon name of Gamleton, recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as the King's land.

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Canton Spelling Variations


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Canton Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Canton family name include Gamton, Ganton, Canton, Candon, Gandon, Ganden, Canden and many more.

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Canton Early History


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Canton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Canton research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Canton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Canton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Canton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Canton 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Canton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Canton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Canton, who landed in Maryland in 1634
  • John Canton, who landed in Maryland in 1673
  • Will Canton, who landed in Maryland in 1676

Canton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Diego Canton, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1835
  • James Canton, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Mary Canton, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Margaret Canton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Canton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Canton (post 1700)



  • Neil Canton, American BAFTA Award nominated film producer, known for his work on the Back to the Future film series
  • Mark Canton (b. 1949), American film producer and executive
  • Joanna Canton (b. 1978), American actress
  • Frank M. Canton (1849-1927), born Josiah Horner, American Old West lawman, gunslinger, cowboy and outlaw
  • John Bruce Dal Canton (1941-2008), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1967 to 1977, inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
  • John Canton (1718-1772), English physicist who developed the phosphorescent material known as Canton's phosphorus, the first in England to confirm Benjamin Franklin's hypothesis of the identity of lightning and electricity
  • Yediel Canton (b. 1986), Spanish bronze medalist figure skater
  • William Canton (1845-1926), British poet, journalist and writer
  • José Cantón Landazuri (1937-2013), Spanish professional football forward who played from 1956 to 1972

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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    The Canton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Canton 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 14 October 2014 at 13:31.

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