Delafontaine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French region of Savoie is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Delafontaine. The name Delafontaine 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, Delafontaine is classed as a topographic surname.

Early Origins of the Delafontaine family

The surname Delafontaine 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.

Important Dates for the Delafontaine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delafontaine research. Another 310 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1339, 1357, 1418, 1551, 1579, 1521, 1621, 1696, 1731, 1789, 1816, 1882, 1390, 1450, 1600, 1621, 1695, 1658, 1752, 1685, 1745, 1663 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Delafontaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Delafontaine 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 Delafontaine 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 Delafontaine 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 Delafontaine (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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