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- The places in China are from Portuguese Cantão, from Chinese 廣東／广东 (Guǎngdōng), and most other places are directly or indirectly named after them. Doublet of Guangdong, more directly from the Chinese.
- The Welsh community is from Canna + -ton, literally “St. Canna's town”.
- The town in Oklahoma was named for a nearby cantonment.
- The surname is of French or Galician origin.
- Several places in China:
- In China, a combination of television, radio, posters, inexpensive print is used with great effectiveness as reenforcement for programs to teach Mandarin Chinese. I have observed this admirable program in Canton.
- 2007, Ronald Findlay, Kevin H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty, Princeton University Press, page 173:
- Chinese traders, mostly from the southern ports of Amoy (Hsia-men) and Canton, took raw silk, fabrics, and apparel to Manila, where these cargoes were sold for silver and carried back for sale in the New World.
- A hamlet in Ontario, Canada.
- Several places in the United States:
- A former settlement in El Dorado County, California.
- A town in Hartford County, Connecticut.
- A city, the county seat of Cherokee County, Georgia.
- A city in Fulton County, Illinois.
- An unincorporated community in Washington Township, Washington County, Indiana.
- An unincorporated community in Jackson County and Jones County, Iowa.
- A small city in McPherson County, Kansas; named for the city in Ohio.
- A small town in Oxford County, Maine; named for the town in Massachusetts.
- A neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.
- A town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
- A township in Wayne County, Michigan.
- A tiny city in Fillmore County, Minnesota; named for the city in Ohio.
- A city, the county seat of Madison County, Mississippi.
- A small city in Lewis County, Missouri; named for the city in Ohio.
- A submerged ghost town in Broadwater County, Montana.
- An unincorporated community in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County, New Jersey.
- A town and village in St. Lawrence County, New York.
- A town in Haywood County, North Carolina; named for the city in Ohio.
- A city, the county seat of Stark County, Ohio.
- A small town in Blaine County, Oklahoma.
- A borough of Bradford County, Pennsylvania; named for the town in Massachusetts.
- A city, the county seat of Lincoln County, South Dakota.
- A city, the county seat of Van Zandt County, Texas.
- An unincorporated community in Doddridge County, West Virginia.
- A small town in Buffalo County, Wisconsin.
- An unincorporated community in Barron County, Wisconsin.
- An inner city district and community in Cardiff, Wales (OS grid ref ST1676).
- A topographical surname of French or Galician origin.
former name of Guangzhou
former name of Guangdong
community in Cardiff
Although "Canton" may be dated in English, it is current in French.