Noble surnames, such as Fontanez, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Fontanez, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. In Spain
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Many Spanish local names reflect Arabic words or place-names because Spain
was conquered by the Muslim Moors
from the 8th to 12th centuries.The Fontanez family originally lived in the region of Fuentes which is a place-name that means fountains.
Early Origins of the Fontanez family
The surname Fontanez was first found in Castile
, an important Christian kingdom of the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Fontanez family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fontanez research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1576, 1680 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Fontanez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fontanez Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fuentes, Fuente, de la Fuente, Fuentecilla, Fuéntez, Fuentez, Font, Fonte, Fontes, Fontecilla, Fontana, Fontano, Fontanal, Fontanales, Fontanals, Fontanella, Fontanet, Fontanillos and many more.
Early Notables of the Fontanez family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Fontanez were Juan Pedro Fontanella (1576-1680), a Catalan judge and advocate, co-instigator of the Catalan Revolt of 1640; seventeenth century Spanish navigator Bartolomé Fuentes; seventeenth century Catalan lawyer and politician Joan Pere... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fontanez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fontanez family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fontanez Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mercedes Fontanez, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from San Juan, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Fontanez (post 1700)
- Jovita Fontanez, the first Hispanic American woman to serve as head of the Boston Election Commission