First name origin & meaning:
Spanish: Earth; grounded; profound
First name variations: Fondah, Fondea, Fonta, Fontah
Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch: topographic name from fonda ‘mine’ (from Latin
- Catalan: possibly a topographic
name from fonda ‘inn’, from Arabic funduq, or perhaps a
nickname from fonda ‘slingshot’.
- The name may also
be Italian, a habitational name from a place named with the adjective
fondo, fonda ‘deep’, for example Cavafonda ‘deep
cave’ or Vallefonda.
- Jelles Fonda, son of Douw Fonda, came to North America from the
Netherlands in 1642. His family was of Spanish or Catalan origin, having arrived
in the Netherlands about a hundred years earlier via Genoa, according
to some accounts fleeing from the Inquisition. Fonda, NY (county
seat of Montgomery County), is named for Jelles Fonda; the actor Henry
Fonda donated the Dutch family Bible to the library there.
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