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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Canto

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Can"to
  1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book.
  2. [Mus] The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now the soprano.

Etymology: It. canto, fr. L. cantus singing, song. See Chant

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A major division of a long poem
  2. The highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music
  1. (informal) Cantonese.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Canto

Adan Canto is an actor. He was most active from 2009 to present. Adan was born on December 5th, 1981 in Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico.


Toni Cantó is a Member of the Congress of Deputies and Member of theCongress of Deputies. Toni was born on January 14th, 1965 in Valencia.


Flávio was born on April 16th, 1975.


Miguel Canto is a boxer. Miguel was born on January 30th, 1948 in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico.


Estela was born in 1916. She breathed her last breath in 1994.


Alberto was born in 1547 in Terceira Island. He left this life in 1607.


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Popularity of Canto as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Canto U.S.
  White 30.71% 64.26%
  African American 3.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 56.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Canto

People with the last name Canto are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Canto

  • How Popular is the name Canto? As a last name Canto was the 15,303rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Canto first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Canto is Monday, January 17th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Canto? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Canto. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Canto: Your name in reverse order is Otnac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ocnta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Canto? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,918 people with the last name Canto.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Canto? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Canto as their last name since less than 1 person in 154k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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).
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