Noble surnames, such as Fonte, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Fonte, 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 Fonte family originally lived in the region of Fuentes which is a place-name that means fountains.
Early Origins of the Fonte family
The surname Fonte was first found in Castile
, an important Christian kingdom of the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Fonte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fonte research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1185, 1576, 1680 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Fonte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fonte 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 Fonte family (pre 1700)
Notable bearers of the family name Fonte 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 Fonte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fonte family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alonso de la Fuente, who sailed to America in 1513; Francisco de Fuentes, to America in 1527; Pedro Fuentes Manrique, to Peru in 1534 with a servant; Juan de la Fuente, to Cartagena in 1534.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fonte (post 1700)
- Rui Pedro da Rocha Fonte (b. 1990), Portuguese professional footballer
- José Miguel da Rocha Fonte ComM (b. 1983), Portuguese professional footballer, member of the Portugal national team