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What does the name Canada mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Canada

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  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Canada means "Dwelling by the water" and is of Aboriginal origin.
  • A user from India says the name Canada is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "Job".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca*ña"da
A small cañon; a narrow valley or glen; also, but less frequently, an open valley.

Etymology: Sp

noun Can"a*da
A country in North America, bordering the United States on the north. It is a federation which includes English-speaking provinces and the French-speaking Province of Quebec.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada ("the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world")

Borrowing from Portuguese canada.

  1. (historical) A former liquid measure of four quartilhos, especially used for wine.

canada was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Canada

He was most active from 1926 to 1952. Canada was given the name Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata on March 3rd, 1907 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S. Canada is also known as Lionel Canegata. He breathed his last breath on May 9th, 1952.


He breathed his last breath in 1880.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Canada

Ron Canada is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to present. Ron was given the name Ronald Ellis Canada on May 3rd, 1949 in New York City, New York, United States.


Geoffrey Canada is a president of the harlem children's zone, author, activism, teacher, harlem children's zone, president of theharlem children's zone, social activist, and educator. Geoffrey was born on January 13th, 1952 in Bronx, New York, U.S.


David Cañada is a cyclist. David was born on March 11th, 1975 in Zaragoza, Spain.



Cody Canada is an alternative country, southern rock, red dirt (music), and blues rock singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, and PRS Guitars. His ongoing career started in 1994. Cody was born on May 25th, 1976.


Tom Canada is a football player. Tom was born on January 8th, 1980 in Iowa City, Iowa.


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International Interest for Canada

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Popularity of Canada as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Canada U.S.
  White 52.75% 64.26%
  African American 31.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.96% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Canada

People with the last name Canada are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Canada

  • How Popular is the name Canada? Canada is the 46,086th most popular name of all time. As a last name Canada was the 3,616th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Canada have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54 babies born with the first name Canada in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Canada? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Canada first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Canada is Saturday, June 17th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Canada born? The highest recorded use of the first name Canada was in 1975 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Canada: Your name in reverse order is Adanac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aacnda. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Canada? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,819 people with the last name Canada.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Canada? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Canada as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.