Fountain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

John Pherd (died 1225), Bishop of Ely, properly called John of Fountains, was a Cistercian monk of Fountains, and was chosen ninth abbot of his house in December 1211. [1]

Early Origins of the Fountain family

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." [2]

Important Dates for the Fountain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fountain research. Another 77 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Fountain family (pre 1700)

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Fountain migration to the United States

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 [3]
  • Nicholas Fountain who settled in Maryland in 1661
  • Nicholas Fountain, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [3]
  • William Fountain, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [3]
Fountain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter DeLa Fountain, who landed in America in 1760 [3]
  • Lewis Fountain, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Fountain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francois Fountain, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [3]
  • John Fountain, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Fountain migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Mr. Richard Fountain U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1786 listed as married [4]

Fountain migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fountain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Fountain, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [5]
  • Frederick Fountain, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [6]
  • Louisa Fountain, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [6]
  • Susan Fountain, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [6]

Fountain migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fountain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alfred Fountain, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [7]
  • Mr. James Fountain, (b. 1835), aged 38, English carpenter from Norfolk travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [8]
  • Mrs. Hannah Fountain, (b. 1837), aged 36, English settler from Norfolk travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [8]
  • William George Fountain, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Jane E. Fountain, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Clarence Fountain (b. 1929), one of the founding members of the Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama from Tyler, Alabama
  • Richard T. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Edgecombe County, 1921-22; Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina, 1929-33 [9]
  • Percy C. Fountain, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 1948-56 [9]
  • M. M. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936 [9]
  • Lawrence H. Fountain (1913-2002), American Democrat politician, Lawyer [9]
  • Henry B. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1961-72 (acting, 1961-62) [9]
  • Frank Fountain, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1924 [9]
  • Edwin W. Fountain, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Darlington, South Carolina, 1920-22 (acting, 1920-22) [9]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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