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The distinguished surname Kant emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. Occupational surnames were derived from the common trades of the medieval era. The surname Kant is an occupational name for a precentor, the leader of the singing of hymns in a cathedral or monastery. The surname is derived from the Old Norman French word cant, which in turn comes from the Old French word chant, which means singing or song.

Kant Early Origins



The surname Kant was first found in Fife where they held a family seat from very ancient times, of Flemish origin and arrived in Scotland about the year 1200 from Flanders.

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Kant Spelling Variations


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Kant Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Cant, Kant, Cante and others.

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Kant Early History


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Kant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kant research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1461, 1700, 1590, 1663, 1651, 1728, 1675 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Kant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent in the family at this time was Emmanuel Kant, Philosopher; Andrew Cant (1590-1663), Scottish Presbyterian minister and leader of the Scottish Covenanters, Rector of King's College...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kant 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



Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kants to arrive on North American shores:

Kant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jan Kant, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1642

Kant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Kant, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • David Kant settled in Philadelphia in 1805
  • David Kant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Christine Kant, aged 31, landed in America in 1843
  • Emilie Kant, aged 22, landed in New York in 1864

Kant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Kant settled in Philadelphia in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kant (post 1700)



  • Edward Jacob Kant (b. 1939), American civil engineer
  • Hermann Kant (1926-2016), German writer, awarded the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1967

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Kant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kant 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 22 August 2016 at 10:57.

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