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Recorded in a wide variety of spellings including Cane, Cana, Canna, Caneo, Cano, and Canet, and having multiple meanings and origins, this surname can best be described as 'European'. It is recorded in different forms in most countries, but in Southern Europe is probably of Roman (Latin) pre Christian origins. In these cases it is usually locational for one who lived by a 'canna'. This Latin word can have different meanings in different places. In Spain and Portugal it generally refers to a cave, and hence a cave dweller, whilst in France, Italy, and Catalonia, it usually describes a reed bed, and may even be occupational for one who supplied reeds for thatching.

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