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Fontana Name Meaning

Italian Spanish and Catalan: topographic name for someone who lived near a spring from Romance descendants of Late Latin fontana a derivative of classical Latin fons ‘spring well’ or in Italy possibly a habitational name from any of numerous minor places called with this word. The surname is also established in Portugal imported from Italy.

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

Similar surnames: Montagna, Fontaine, Fontan, Montana, Fortuna, Montano, Santana, Fonda

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Where is the Fontana family from?

You can see how Fontana families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fontana family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Fontana families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 27 Fontana families living in California. This was about 32% of all the recorded Fontana's in USA. California had the highest population of Fontana families in 1880.
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What did your Fontana ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fontana. 21% of Fontana men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Fontana women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fontana were New Worker and Clerk. .

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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
  • Proprietor
  • Salesman
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Fontana. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fontana census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Fontana. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Fontana. For the veterans among your Fontana ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fontana lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fontana life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Fontana in 1943 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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