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The ancestors of the Fountain family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived near a spring or well which was in turn derived from the Old French word fontane, which means spring or well. Fountain is a topographic surname, which is a type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a landmark such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Fountain Early Origins



The surname Fountain was first found in Norfolk at Harford, a parish, in the union of Swaffham, hundred of South Greenhoe. " Narford Hall was built by Sir Andrew Fountaine, vice-chamberlain to Queen Caroline (consort of George II.), and the companion of Pope, Swift, and their literary society; he enriched the mansion with a collection of antiquities, paintings, and curiosities, which has been considerably increased by the present proprietor. In the reign of Edward III. Sir Thomas de Narford obtained for it a market and two fairs, long since fallen into disuse." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Fountain Spelling Variations


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Fountain Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Fountain were recorded, including Fountaine, Fountain, Fountayne, Fontain, Fontibus, Ffountain, Ffounteyn and many more.

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Fountain Early History


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Fountain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fountain research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1430, 1676, 1753, 1600, 1671, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Fountain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fountain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fountain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fountain 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Fountain arrived in North America very early:

Fountain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Fountain, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • Nicholas Fountain who settled in Maryland in 1661
  • Nicholas Fountain, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • William Fountain, who arrived in Maryland in 1680

Fountain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter DeLa Fountain, who landed in America in 1760
  • Lewis Fountain settled in Maryland in 1775

Fountain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francois Fountain, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847
  • John Fountain, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Fountain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Fountain, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Stephen Fountain, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. John Fountain U.E. (b. 1744) who settled in Deer Island, West Isle, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1829 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Private Stephen Fountain U.E. (b. 1745) born in Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA from New York, USA who settled in Sandy Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 he enlisted in 1776 served in the Queen's Rangers he died in 1815, married to Sarah Scofield they had 2 children [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard Fountain U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1786 listed as married [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Fountain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Fountain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Frederick Fountain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850
  • Louisa Fountain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850
  • Susan Fountain arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850

Fountain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William George Fountain, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Jane E. Fountain, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emily L. Fountain, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • William Charles Fountain, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fountain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fountain (post 1700)



  • Pete Fountain (1930-2016), born Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr. American clarinetist from New Orleans, Louisiana is one of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, known for his work with the Laurence Welk Orchestra, inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame
  • Albert Jennings Fountain (1838-1896), American lawyer, Indian fighter, and Republican politician
  • Percy C. Fountain, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 1948-56
  • M. M. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936
  • Lawrence H. Fountain (1913-2002), American Democrat politician, Lawyer
  • Henry B. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1961-72 (acting, 1961-62)
  • Frank Fountain, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1924
  • Edwin W. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Darlington, South Carolina, 1920-22 (acting, 1920-22)
  • C. C. Fountain, American politician, Mayor of Brewton, Alabama, 1953-59
  • Albert Jennings Fountain (1838-1896), American Republican politician, Assessor and Collector of Internal Revenue for the Western District of Texas; Member of Texas State Senate, 1869-70
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vix ea nostra voco
Motto Translation: I scarce call these things our own.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Fountain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fountain 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.

This page was last modified on 6 December 2016 at 12:09.

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