Last name Cantu started in Italy.

To all Cantu’s,
You are from Italy not Spain or Mexico. Cantu is first found in Lombardy, Italy then moved to Spain then to Mexico. Most Cantu’s are light skinned and have blue or green eyes.

The old name of Canturio, which became Cantu in the fifteenth century, takes its origin from the name of the Lombard people of the Canturigi, which is the origin of the Gaelic name "Galliano", the first settlement in the territory around present day Cantu.
The city of Cantu first appeared in history in the eleventh century when Ariberto da Intimiano, the Archbishop of Milan, rebuilt the Galliano Basicilica in 1007, which was originally built on the site of an ancient pagan temple. From 1118 to 1128 Cantu took part with Milan in the war against Como, losing in 1124 but coming out victorious in 1127. Many years later the city fought with great strength against Frederick the Redbeard, defeating the invader in 1160.Fortified with 100 towers in 1324, it remained independent until 1334 when the Visconti occupied the regions around Como. Involved in the fight between the Guelfi and the Ghibellini it was subdued by the forces of Francesco Sforza. Cantu was ruled for about 30 years by this powerful Milanese family, until it was surrendered to the faithful Pietrasantas who built a castle of which remains only the bell tower, that was eventually completed by Pellegrino Tibaldi.Today, Cantu is renowned as a center of artisans. Around the year 1000, it became known as a center for expert iron works. More recently, it has cultivated a tradition of expert furniture making. With over 700 "botteghe" or small craftsmen shops, its furniture is revered as hand-made art, rather than mass-produced utilitarian items. Cantu is also known throughout the world for its production of fine lace, a tradition began by the Benedictine nuns in 1600.
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Years ago an Italian work colleague told me about the town of Cantu. I visited it and have photos. It was originally called Canturio. My Cantu ancestors left Nuevo León in the early 1900’s. I traced them back to the 1770’s. I also found that there were 3 Cantu brothers who were from Spain and arrived in what now Mexico in the 1600’s. I’ve not been able to bridge the gap between one of them and my earliest identified Cantu ancestor. Anyone out there have a Nicolas Cantu and Ysabel Gonzalez de Ayala in your family tree?
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My great great grandpa came from Linares Nvo Leon.
Silverio Cantu was his name. He was nicknamed Sam by the gringos with whom he worked with in Wyoming because they could not pronounce his name correctly.
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My grandparents were from Monterey NL Mexico my father is the fist born Rogelio Cantu Cantu born in 1933 in a el Rancho las laugunitas known as Cantu , my grandfather name was Damian Cantu from Monterey nl mexico he married Guadalupe Cantu she was prima hermana daughter of my grandfather brother, they eloped at the age 15 , my grand father name is Christoval Cantu a very wealthy man he a brother Benito and other brothers and sisters , he had also sons and daughters from different women my father had told me he would travel on for his business and would have relationships with women and they would bore kids , I was never told who was my relatives because my great grandfather had dis owned him for my grandfather because he had married his prima hermana , my father has 2 brothers there in Monterey they’re name is Raul Cantu and Roel Cantu , these are a list of my father brothers and sisters , ,,,,,My father Rogelio first born , Ramona , Rebeca ,chala ,Rosa Roberto (chachó) Rubén , Raúl ,Roel , my grandfather had green/blueish eyes , light skin they are all light skin my father had greenish/ blueish eyes known as hazel / I’ve been searching for family relatives I have Facebook my name is Jorge Luis Cantu Garza born in Cadereyta nl Mexico , raised in USA , California madera, and moved to Washington near othello,, anybody please let me know if u know my family members or u can always be friends on Facebook, I’ve have friended some cantu but we still need more info , thank you
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Born in Monterrey, Mexico
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I am a Cantú from Monterrey, light skin and green eyes.
Grandfather was Daniel Cantú Leal, GGrandpather Pedro Cantú Garza.. GGGrandfather Isidro Cantú Rodríguez.. GGGGrandfather Blaz Cantú Escamilla
All of them from Cadereyta Jimenez Nuevo León
I am waiting for my dna test :D
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I am a Cantu from Monterrey as well! my parents emigrated to Texas so I was raised here. Trying to get my DNA tested to!
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Same here Ruben. I took the DNA test it said I have less than 2% Italian!?? Confused.
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I'm a Cantu and proud of it
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This is very interesting information, for the fact that my wife's
Biological father was a Cantu Gentleman.
I do assist my wife from time- to- time, with her Ancestry research and to create a family Bloodline Lineage.
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This is very interesting information, for the fact that my wife's
Biological father was a Cantu Gentleman.
I do assist my wife from time- to- time, with her Ancestry research and to create a family Bloodline Lineage.
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I have been doing research on my mother's family name of Cantu since 2006. I do know of the Cantu's coming from Italy originally. However, since the confirmation of Jewish DNA in the Cantu lineage on my mother's side (and yes I know that it could have come from other ancestors marrying into the Cantu line) I have been questioning whether the name Cantu came from Cantor? Being that in the middle ages and with Christianity (Catholicism) being the confirmed religion of the region for that time being and it was required for all Jewish and or other people of other faiths to convert or else! I have done some research in regards to the area of Cantu Italy and there is a history of Jewish people (Ashkenazi) that may have had to change names and or become Cryptic Jews. Cantor may have become Canterberry-English, Cantor, Canto, Cantu, Canturio, Cantuti, etc. The possibility of having to change the name for reasons of the Spanish Inquisition. That is my speculation. And one more thing I do know that there is ancient history from before the time of Christ that Jewish people traveled to that region and beyond, such as the Apostle Pual from Tarsus which was Spain. Some Ancient texts such as the Book Jasher mention the Semitic people of Noah's offspring migrated after the Flood departing to deferent regions of the Ancient World at that time. And the region of Northeast Europe is mentioned.
The information of the Jewish people in the is very vague. Love doing the research and how it all connects together eventually. I myself am a Christian and love the Jewish connection. Jesus came to save Jew and Gentile for those who receive HIM.
Please if anyone has any information they could share I would truly appreciate it.\
Sincerely S.T.
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I also did a DNA search it showed 17 percent Jewish background. I went to Israel and found the name Cantu at the place where st Peter denied the Lord. The sign read, Saint Peter in GalliCantu. The meaning is where the Rooster sang. I also found out the dictionary says canturiar is a family of singers. All my family is musically blessed. Hope this helps. Shalom.
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I find this very interesting
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Part of my family in Monterrey Mexico, part in San Antonio Tx. The Cantu Treviño, children, one of which is my Grandmother is blond hair blue eyed as well as my father and his siblings. Dad had dark hair blue eyes. Most of my cousins and Great cousins have blue or green eyes. Late 1800’s a Juana Cantu married Fernando Treviño Treviño. In Monterrey. Anyone related to this Cantu family?
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My Grandfather and his entire family were born in Monterrey MX, we also have family in San Antonio. Most of our family have the green eye trait.
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my family is from General Teran NL Mex
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Hello, I'm actually assisting my wife Cynthia Hernandez Conant, who is the daughter of (Antonio Cantu) of Dallas Texas, who was born in Monterey Mexico, and also Antonio' mother was a Trevino.
I will get more info regarding her Cantu bloodline, she will be very interested to learn more about her family, ad she knows very little information..
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Hi, I am from Monterrey. My father´s name is Fernando Cantú Treviño and as you mention, the physical characteristics in the family are the same you mentioned. He was from a little town called Mamulique, in Salinas Victoria, Nuevo León, México.
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I'm 99.9 % sure my wife's Biological father Antonio Cantu was from Mamulique, he was definitely born in Monterey Mexico, and his mother's maiden name is Trevino. You could be my wife's prima. I will talk to her and get more information, because I am also a research person for my family, who live in Texas ,Louisiana, and California. My wife's name is Cynthia Hernandez/Conant. Her mom's last husband ,adopted my wife ,and gave her the last name of Hernandez, but she is actually ( Cantu)..
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My mother's last name is Cantu and she was born in San Juan Texas but raised in General Bravo N.L. We were raised in Pharr, Texas which is the Rio Grand valley in Texas, millions of Cantu's there....I lived in Spain for 16 years and never saw a Cantu. The name does not exist in Spain, it is from Italy...
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My name is Ambria Cantu and I'm from San Antonio
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Trying to get my history w/o having to pay do you know how?
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Go to www.genforum.com and see if anyone is researching your name. If not start the ball rolling with a query of your own.
You could also try www.familysearch.com where there is a wealth of genealogical information from many countries.
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