Fontenot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Fontenot family

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.

Early History of the Fontenot family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fontenot research. Another 310 words (22 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Fontenot 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, considered one of the great French classical authors; Jean Desfontaines (c. 1658-1752), a French Baroque...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fontenot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Fontenot migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • E. F. Fontenot, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baldhill" from Port Lobos, Mexico [1]
  • Edward F. Fontenot, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baldhill" from Port Lobos, Mexico [2]
  • V F Fontenot, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Minnesotan" from Alexandria, Egypt [3]
  • J T Fontenot, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Minnesotan" from Alexandria, Egypt [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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


  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.).


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