Last name: Fontenot
This interesting and unusual surname is of Old French origin, and is one of the variant forms of the name Fontaine, which is in most instances a topographical name given to someone who lived near a spring or well, from the Old French "fontane", well, spring. However, the name may also be of French locational origin, from one of the many villages o called in France, for example Fontenay-le-Marmion, in Calvados, from which the surnames Fontenay and Fonteneau, now found in the United States, have arisen. The original surname was probably introduced into Britain by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066, or by Huguenot immigrants, and is found there as Fontaine, Fountaine and Fountain. This surname is also one of that group of French surnames now found on the North American continent, since many immigrants have settled there since the 17th Century. In this particular instance, the name is found particularly among the Cajun people of Louisiana, who were descended from early Acadian immigrants (Nova Scotia, Canada), deported to Louisiana in the 18th Century. Early examples include the christenings at Montierneuf, Poitiers, Vienne, France, of Janne, Isabeau and Vincent, children of Joachim and Marie Fontenot, on December 28th 1682, July 2nd 1684, and December 15th 1693, respectively; as well as the christening of Jean, son of Pierre and Louise Fonteneau, on March 16th 1764, at Pointe Coupee, Louisiana; and the marriage of Charles Fontenot to Perine Vidrine at Opelousas, St. Landry, Louisiana, on July 22nd 1788. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo de Funteines, which was dated 1202, in the "Pipe Rolls of Kent", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Descendant of Jean Louis Fontenot
"name is found particularly among the Cajun people of Louisiana"
It's not a Cajun name. It's a name that predates the arrival of the Cajuns in Louisiana by over a century, and to the extent that Cajuns have that name, it's through intermarriage with the French who bore that name.
The majority of Fontenots in the U.S. trace back to the Joachim mentioned in your text, either through blood, ownership, or both.
That is Ccrrect. Actually, as a Fontenot, growing up in southwest Louisiana, I presumed I was Cajun until my father explained the family history. I later learned that I wasn't even related to any Cajuns (till I married one myself). The first family member arrived with Napoleon as a military officer in present day Alabama. He married a French girl, the daughter of another French officer in New Orleans, and retired here in Louisiana, procreating to produce the most predominant name in Louisiana. Speaking French and fervently catholic, they immediately merged with the Acadian (to become known as Cajuns) migrants and have largely become one culture in many ways.
You 2 above think what ever the hell you want. Fontenot is a Cajun name and I am a French speaking Cajun Fontenot and proud of it.
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As stated above your comment, you may very well be cajun from another part of your family tree, but it isn't from the fontenots. Fontenots are from france, not canada. They are very prevelent in southern louisiana. The correct ter would be french-creole . Just yin'.