Defontaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The French region of Savoie is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Defontaine. The name Defontaine 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, Defontaine is classed as a topographic surname.
Early Origins of the Defontaine family
The surname Defontaine 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 Defontaine family
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Defontaine 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 Defontaine 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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In France, the name Defontaine is the 2,163rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,944 people with that name. 
Migration of the Defontaine 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.
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- Jean-Pierre Defontaine (1937-2022), French politician, Member of the Radical Party of the Left