The Spanish surname Canales, also found in Italy, is an habitational name from any of several places called Canales, from canales, plural of canal meaning “ canal, water channel” from the Latin term canalis. The name is also found in Italy, primarily in the region around Venice. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1825 when Fernando Canales is recorded in Louisiana. Today there are approximately 18,000 bearers of the name Canales living in the United States.
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