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

Fontenot Early Origins



The surname Fontenot 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.

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Fontenot Spelling Variations


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Fontenot Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Lafontaine, Lafontain, Lafantaine, Fontaine, Fantaine, Fontain, Fontein, Fantein, Fantaine, Fonteyn, Lafonteyn, Lafon and many more.

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Fontenot Early History


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Fontenot Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fontenot research. Another 619 words (44 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 Fontenot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fontenot Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fontenot Early Notables (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 Fontenot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fontenot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward F. Fontenot, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • E. F. Fontenot, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baldhill" from Port Lobos, Mexico [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-SMF : 6 December 2014), E. F. Fontenot, 06 Apr 1920; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Baldhill, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Edward F. Fontenot, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baldhill" from Port Lobos, Mexico [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-CWP : 6 December 2014), Edward F. Fontenot, 06 Apr 1920; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Baldhill, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • V F Fontenot, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Minnesotan" from Alexandria, Egypt [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6K7-SY6 : 6 December 2014), V F Fontenot, 26 Jan 1921; citing departure port Alexandria, Egypt, arrival port New York, ship name Minnesotan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • J T Fontenot, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Minnesotan" from Alexandria, Egypt [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6K7-SYX : 6 December 2014), J T Fontenot, 26 Jan 1921; citing departure port Alexandria, Egypt, arrival port New York, ship name Minnesotan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fontenot (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fontenot (post 1700)



  • Therrian Fontenot (b. 1981), American professional football cornerback
  • Michael "Mike" Fontenot (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Mary Alice Fontenot (1910-2003), award-winning American children's books author
  • Canray Fontenot (1922-1995), American Creole fiddle player
  • Albert "Al" Fontenot (b. 1970), former professional American football player

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-SMF : 6 December 2014), E. F. Fontenot, 06 Apr 1920; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Baldhill, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C5-CWP : 6 December 2014), Edward F. Fontenot, 06 Apr 1920; citing departure port Port Lobos, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name Baldhill, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6K7-SY6 : 6 December 2014), V F Fontenot, 26 Jan 1921; citing departure port Alexandria, Egypt, arrival port New York, ship name Minnesotan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6K7-SYX : 6 December 2014), J T Fontenot, 26 Jan 1921; citing departure port Alexandria, Egypt, arrival port New York, ship name Minnesotan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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The Fontenot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fontenot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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