Fondren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fondren family

The surname Fondren was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Fondren family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fondren research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1266, 1670, 1705, 1751, and 1828 are included under the topic Early Fondren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fondren Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fondeville, Fondevilles, Fond de Ville, Fonds de Ville, Fond de Villes, Font de Ville, Fons de Ville, Font de Villes, Fons de Villes, Deville, de Ville and many more.

Early Notables of the Fondren family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fondren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fondren family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Deville settled in Philadelphia in 1796.


Contemporary Notables of the name Fondren (post 1700) +

  • Walter William Fondren III (1936-2010), American all-conference football player and conservation activist, founding member of the Coastal Conservation Association
  • Walter William Fondren Sr. (1877-1939), American oil operator and philanthropist, one of the founders of Humble Oil & Refining Company, benefactor and eponym of the Fondren Library, the main library of Rice University in Houston, Texas
  • Debra Jo Fondren (b. 1955), American model and actress


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