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Fonda Name Meaning

Dutch (of West Frisian origin): apparently an altered form of Funda which may well be a reinterpretation due to similarity to Latin fundus ‘depth’ of Foyngha the name of an estate managed by the ancestors of the first and only bearer of this surname in the Netherlands who later established its variant in America. There is no evidence for the supposed Spanish origin of this surname. Italian (Trieste) and Slovenian: nickname from Italian fonda an old variant of fionda ‘sling catapult’ or from an Italian homonym meaning ‘bag’. This form of the surname was first recorded in 1230 in Slovene Littoral. Italian: possibly also a habitational name from a place called with the adjective fondo fonda ‘deep’ for example Cavafonda ‘deep cave’ or Vallefonda ‘deep valley’. Americanized form of German Funda itself at least in part probably of Czech or Polish origin in Czech being a nickname derived from funět ‘to pant to gasp’. In some cases probably also southwestern French: topographic name or metonymic occupational name from Spanish or Catalan fonda ‘inn’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Monda, Roda, Fonte, Ford, Bondi, Lona, Konda, Korda, Corda, Goda

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You can see how Fonda families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fonda family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Fonda families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 69 Fonda families living in New York. This was about 92% of all the recorded Fonda's in USA. New York had the highest population of Fonda families in 1840.
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What did your Fonda ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fonda. 14% of Fonda men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Fonda women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fonda were Dentist and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Dentist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Secretary
    11%
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What is the average Fonda lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Fonda life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Fonda in 1952 was 47, and 65 in 2004.

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