De la fontaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The French region of Savoie is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname De la fontaine. The name De la fontaine is derived from the Old French word "fontaine," which means "fountain," and as a name it no doubt originally served as a mark of recognition for someone who lived near such a landmark. As such, De la fontaine is classed as a topographic surname.
Early Origins of the De la fontaine family
The surname De la fontaine was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this renowned family has held a family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the De la fontaine family
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De la fontaine Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafontaine, Lafontain, Lafantaine, Fontaine, Fantaine, Fontain, Fontein, Fantein, Fantaine, Fonteyn, Lafonteyn, Lafon and many more.
Early Notables of the De la fontaine family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name at this time was Pierre Fontaine (c. 1390-1450), a French composer and singer, who served in the chapel of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy; François Lafontaine , Lord of Mézeyrac during the 1600's; Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695), a French poet and man of letters, considered one of the great French classical authors; Jean Desfontaines (c. 1658-1752), a French Baroque...
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Migration of the De la fontaine family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: F.L. Lafontaine, aged 22, who settled in Mississippi in 1820; F.L Lafontaine, aged 22, who came to New Orleans in 1820; John LaFontaine, aged 28, who settled in Charleston in 1823.
Contemporary Notables of the name De la fontaine (post 1700) +
- Pierre-Maximilien Delafontaine (1777-1860), French painter and bronze sculptor
- Marc Delafontaine (b. 1973), Canadian Quebecois comics writer and illustrator who uses the pen name Delaf
- Marc Delafontaine (1837-1911), Swiss chemist who first observed holmium spectroscopically
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