Origins Available: French-Alt
The French region of Savoie
is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname lafontai. lafontai is a topographic surname, which is a form of hereditary surname. A topographic name would have been given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Lafontaine is derived from the Old French word fontaine, which means fountain, and served as a mark of recognition for someone who lived near such a landmark.
Early Origins of the lafontai family
The surname lafontai was first found in Savoie
, where this renowned family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the lafontai family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lafontai research.Another 378 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1238, 1339, 1357, 1418, 1521, 1551, 1579, 1600, 1621, 1696, 1731, 1789, 1816, and 1882 are included under the topic Early lafontai History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
lafontai 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 lafontai family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the lafontai family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: F.L. Lafontaine, aged 22, who settled in Mississippi in 1820; F.L Lafontaine, aged 22, who came to New Orleans in 1820; John LaFontaine, aged 28, who settled in Charleston in 1823.