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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Galician (Cantón) : habitational name from places in Lugo and Pontevedra provinces, in Galicia, named Cantón, from a derivative of canto ‘corner’ (see Canto).
  • Southern French : topographic name, from Occitan canton ‘corner’, ‘angle’, denoting someone who lived on a street corner.

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