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The French region of Savoie 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.

Prefontaine Early Origins



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 family seat since ancient times.

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Prefontaine Spelling Variations


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Prefontaine 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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Prefontaine Early History


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Prefontaine Early History



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

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Prefontaine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prefontaine 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 Prefontaine 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:

Prefontaine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Prefontaine, aged 8, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Mrs. R. Prefontaine, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1894
  • R Prefontaine, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Roll Prefontaine, aged 14, who landed in America, in 1894

Prefontaine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Homer D. Prefontaine, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1918

Prefontaine Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Gsaie Prefontaine, aged 47, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Mary Prefontaine, aged 46, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909
  • Rolland Prefontaine, aged 31, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Marie A. Prefontaine, aged 26, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Fernand Prefontaine, aged 28, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prefontaine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prefontaine (post 1700)



  • Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (1951-1975), American gold medalist middle and long-distance runner at the 1971 Pan American Games
  • Yves Préfontaine (b. 1937), Canadian writer
  • Stéphane Préfontaine (1961-1976), Canadian track athlete, best known for co-lighting the Olympic Flame at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Noel Prefontaine (b. 1973), Canadian CFL football punter / kicker
  • Marie-Pier Préfontaine (1988-2010), Canadian alpine skier at the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Edmond Préfontaine (1898-1971), Canadian politician in Manitoba
  • Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine PC (1850-1905), was a Canadian politician, 25th Mayor of Montreal

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Prefontaine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prefontaine 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 3 April 2017 at 11:56.

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