The French region of Savoie
is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Des fontaines. The name Des fontaines 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, Des fontaines is classed as a topographic surname.
Early Origins of the Des fontaines family
The surname Des fontaines 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 Des fontaines family
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Des fontaines 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 Des fontaines 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... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Des fontaines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Des fontaines family to the New World and Oceana
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 Des fontaines (post 1700)
- René Louiche Desfontaines (1750-1833), French botanist
- Henri Desfontaines (1876-1931), French film director, actor and scriptwriter, known for L'assassinat d'Henri III (1911), Jésus de Nazareth (1911) and Autour du mystère (1920)