Last name origins & meanings:
- Northern and central French: topographic name for someone who lived
near a spring or well, Old French fontane, Late Latin
fontana, a derivative of classical Latin fons (see
- A Fontaine from Normandy, France, is documented in Quebec in 1656;
another, from Poitou, arrived after 1683. There has been some
alternation with <xref>Robert</xref>.
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