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From: "Frebault" <>
Subject: Re: Vague Italian Question, 14th Century
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 09:14:22 GMT
maybe this information can be some help.
Posted by: A. Mark Fonda (ID *****0716) Date: March 12, 2003 at 20:25:03
In Reply to: Re: Fonda origin is Trieste - Italia by Joe Fondy of 385
This is an old thread by now, but I found a good source of information on
the origins of the Fonda family, including the Marquis (Baron) de Fonda of
1400's Italy. It appears in the book "Early American Families" by Rev. N. A.
Williams on p. 24:
The Renselaer-Bowier papers say that (1) Douw Fonda was a Frisian. and
Tacitus says that the Frisians dwelt along the coast of the North sea. They
were converted to Christianity before A. D. 800. The family of Fond, was
originally from the Republic of Genoa, Italy. The Marquis de Fonda was one
of the leaders of a revolution in Genoa, having for its object the
overturning of the aristocratical government, and putting the election of
the Doge and Senate, into the hands of the people at large. The Doge (=duke)
was the duke, or chief magistrate. Our ancestor was an early republican, and
must have lived there, between 1339, when the first Doge was elected , and
1528 when the Dogate ceased. Baron de Fonda was unsuccessful in his attempt,
and fled from the country, taking refuge in Amsterdam, Holland, whence his
descendant, Jellis Douwese Fonda, emigrated to America in 1642, and had
grants of land from the Dutch government, settling in or near the present
city of Albany, N. Y. There is a perhaps less credible tradition also, that
the Fondas were Huguenots, and fled from France to Holland after the
massacre of St. Bartholemew's night, Aug. 25, 1572. There is another
tradition that they fled from Spain on account of persecution or followed
the Duke of Alva to Holland. It is also said that they belonged to the royal
house of Spain, fled to Italy, because of religious persecution, and came
later to Holland. Possibly they fled from Italy to France, and from France
to Holland. The form of the family name is Latin, and therefore similar In
French, Italian, and Spanish, indicating the Latin origin of the family,
probably in Italy.
The Fondas were Dutch Reformed Protestants when they emigrated to America,
and must have been among the first converts of the Reformation. Their
descendants are widely scattered throughout the Union, though many are still
living near the old home in Eastern N. Y.
The family name is taken from a deep valley in the Apennines, about 12 mi.
from the city of Genoa, called Fonda, a name which means bottom, deep,
foundation, &c. it is said that, In the early part of the last century, the
estate was still in the possession of a branch of the family, the Count de
Fonda, and there are many of the name,
""Leo van de Pas"" <> escribi en el mensaje
| In the 14th century a Marquis de Fonda rebelled against the Republican
Government of Genoa.
| He lost and was forced to flee. That is all I know about him, no first
name, no parents, spouse, children.
| Would anyone know about this rebellion and more about his family?
| With many thanks.
| Leo van de Pas
| Canberra, Australia
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