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This unusual and interesting name has a number of possible origins. The first of these derives from the Middle English and Olde French word "cane", meaning "cane, reed", from the Latin "canna", and used either as a nickname for a tall, thin, "reedlike" man, or as a metonymic occupational name for a reed-gatherer. Reeds were widely used in the Middle Ages as a floor covering and for weaving small baskets. A second possible origin is from the town of Caen in Calvados, Normandy, named with the Gaullic elements "catu", battle, and "magos", field, plain, as Richard de Kain, (1275, Norfolk).

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