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

La Fontaine Early Origins



The surname La Fontaine 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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La Fontaine Spelling Variations


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La Fontaine 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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La Fontaine Early History


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La Fontaine Early History



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

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La Fontaine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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La Fontaine 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 La Fontaine 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:

La Fontaine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marie Lafontaine, aged 38, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean LaFontaine, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Marie LaFontaine, aged 38, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Joseph Lafontaine, who came to Louisiana in 1755

La Fontaine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F. L. Lafontaine, aged 22, who settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • John LaFontaine, aged 28, who settled in Charleston in 1823

La Fontaine Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Fiacre LaFontaine, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Lafontaine, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Anthoine Lafontaine, who landed in Montreal in 1662
  • Germain LaFontaine, who landed in Canada in 1669

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Contemporary Notables of the name La Fontaine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name La Fontaine (post 1700)



  • Russell LaFontaine, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1996
  • Louis C. Lafontaine, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1915
  • Joseph Lafontaine, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 1st District, 1908
  • Andrea M. LaFontaine, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 32nd District; Elected 2012
  • Harry Lafontaine, American Motion Picture Company Executive, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Patrick "Pat" LaFontaine (b. 1965), American NHL ice hockey player
  • Don LaFontaine (1940-2008), American voice-over actor, nicknamed "Thunder Throat" and "The Voice of God"
  • Brigadier-General Henri-Jean Lafontaine (1882-1966), French General Officer Commanding 55th Infantry Division (1940)
  • Oskar Lafontaine (b. 1943), German politician, Minister of Finance from 1998 to 1999
  • Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine (1807-1864), Canadian politician, the first Canadian to become Prime Minister of the United Province of Canada
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    11. ...

    The La Fontaine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The La Fontaine 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 1 February 2016 at 09:40.

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