This very interesting name is early medieval and job descriptive, and refers to a bellman, one who rang the 'Chanterelles' - the trebles, or who sang the treble in a choir. The derivation is from the Olde French, the word being introduced by the Normans after 1066. There are at least five modern alternative spellings including Chantrell, Chantrill, Cantrell, Cantrill and Cantwell, sometimes the name is a diminutive meaning 'Son of Cant or Chant'. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Philip Canterel which was dated 1203, in the "Staffordshire Assize Court" during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Cantle — Can tle, n. [OF. cantel, chantel, corner, side, piece, F. chanteau a piece cut from a larger piece, dim. of OF. cant edge, corner. See 1st {Cant}.] 1. A corner or edge of anything; a piece; a fragment; a part. In one cantle of his law. Milton.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cantle — Can tle, v. t. To cut in pieces; to cut out from. [Obs.] [Written also {cantile}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cantle — index element, segment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cantle — early 14c., a part, a portion, also a section cut out of anything (mid 15c.), from O.N.Fr. cantel (Fr. chanteau), from M.L. cantellus, dim. of cantus corner (see CANT (Cf. cant) (2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cantle — [kant′ l] n. [ME cantel, a corner, rim, piece < OFr < ML cantellus, dim. of LL cantus: see CANT2] the upward curving rear part of a saddle …   English World dictionary

  • cantle — /kan tl/, n. 1. the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward. See illus. under saddle. 2. a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land. [1275 1325; ME cantel ( < AF) < ML cantellus, equiv. to L cant(us) (see CANT2) + ellus dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • cantle — can•tle [[t]ˈkæn tl[/t]] n. 1) the hind part of a saddle, usu. curved upward 2) a corner; piece; portion: a cantle of land[/ex] • Etymology: 1275–1325; ME cantel (< AF) < ML cantellus …   From formal English to slang

  • cantle — noun Etymology: Middle English cantel, from Anglo French cantel, chantel, diminutive of Old French chant side, edge more at cant Date: 14th century 1. a segment cut off or out of something ; part, portion …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cantle — noun /ˈkantəl,ˈkæntəl/ The raised back of a saddle. ther begā a strong bataille with many grete strokes, soo hewe with her swerdes that the cantels flewe in the feldes, and moche blood they bledde both [...] …   Wiktionary

  • Cantle — The high part at the back of a knight s saddle. It was designed to offer him extra support on his * destrier, absorbing the shock of his opponent s lance striking him …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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