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Re: Cantu Surname: Italian Origin
Posted by: Larry Cantu (ID *****7969) Date: September 29, 2011 at 03:26:02
In Reply to: Cantu Surname: Italian Origin by Richard Stevens of 941

The name Cantú is said to be common in parts of Mexico and the U.S. states bordering on Mexico but rather uncommon elsewhere. Some say the name is of Spanish/Portuguese origin but I have my doubts. When I was in Madrid in the 1980s I looked in the Madrid phone book and found no listings whatsoever with that surname. I found odd since Madrid is Spain’s capital and largest city and I thought it would surely have drawn in some people with that surname if it was from any part of Spain.

In the early 1990s a friend of mine sent me a map on which he had circled a small town with the name “Cantů” located about 31 kilometers north of central Milan near the southern end of Lake Como.

In the late 1990s a cashier at a store in Dallas, Texas to whom I had just handed my credit card began speaking to me in a language that I did not recognize. Upon seeing the look of bewilderment on my face she asked if I was Romanian and informed me that the Cantú surname is common in Romania.

I recently ran across information on the internet suggesting that the name Cantú is of Romanian origin and that it is the Romanian version of the Greek names Kantsos and Kantsu.

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