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The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Certain. Certain is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. These were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Certain Early Origins



The surname Certain was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat in ancient times.

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Certain Spelling Variations


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Certain Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Lacerte, Lecerte, LeCert, Lecertier, Certe, Certain, Certaine, Certaines, Certier, Certon, Certonne, Certan, Certeux, Certoux, de Certe, Ducerte, de Certier, Ducertier, de Certain, de Certaines, de Certon, de Certonne, de Certan, de Certeux and many more.

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Certain Early History


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Certain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Certain research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1751, and 1769 are included under the topic Early Certain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Certain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Certain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Certain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Certain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacob Certain, who came to America in 1676

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    10. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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    The Certain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Certain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 24 June 2016 at 14:43.

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