Fonteyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Fonteyn family

The surname Fonteyn 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.

Important Dates for the Fonteyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fonteyn 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 Fonteyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fonteyn 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 Fonteyn 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...
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Fonteyn migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fonteyn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Chard Fonteyn, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1658 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fonteyn (post 1700)

  • Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991), English ballerina

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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