Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : occupational name for a cantor, an official of a synagogue whose duty is to sing liturgical music and leads prayers, from Latin cantor ‘singer’, a derivative of canere ‘to sing’.
  • German, Czech, Slovak, and northern Croatian; Hungarian (Kántor) : occupational name for a choirmaster or village schoolmaster.