Certain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Certain family

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.

Early History of the Certain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Certain research. Another 109 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Certain family (pre 1700)

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


United States Certain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Certain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacob Certain, who settled in America in 1676

Contemporary Notables of the name Certain (post 1700) +

  • François Certain Canrobert (1809-1895), French soldier and marshal


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