is the ancestral homeland of the prestigious surname Prefontaine. The name Prefontaine 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, Prefontaine is classed as a topographic surname.
The surname Prefontaine was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this renowned family has held a
since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prefontaine 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 Prefontaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: Lafontaine, Lafontain, Lafantaine, Fontaine, Fantaine, Fontain, Fontein, Fantein, Fantaine, Fonteyn, Lafonteyn, Lafon and many more.
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... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prefontaine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.