Famiglia algherese di origine catalana le cui notizie risalgono al secolo XV. Agli inizi del secolo possedevano un ingente patrimonio terriero, nel 1448 un Giacomo acquistò dagli Jordà il salto di Sariguello. Nel 1455 furono costretti a vendere alcuni dei loro possessi ai De Ferraria, tuttavia continuarono a mantenere una discreta posizione ad Alghero. Nel 1598 un Pietro Onofrio, giurato capo di Alghero, ottenne il cavalierato ereditario e nel 1613 la nobiltà. Della famiglia non si ebbero più notizie con sua figlia che, sposatasi con un Amat, portò il patrimonio familiare alla famiglia del marito. Fu costume delle più antiche famiglie, le quali dopo la caduta del Romano Imperio, in quella inondatione de’ Barbari, havendo i loro cognomi, sicome gli studi, e altre cose belle smarrito e restati solo con semplici nomi, trarre di nuovo i loro cognomi, e il loro casato da’ nomi proprii paterni, e de’ maggiori.. Riguardo a questo cognome abbiamo ritrovato ulteriori informazioni storiche in altri archivi. Purtroppo in lingua originale Inglese. : This Last Name of FONT was a Provencal and Catalan topographic name for someone living near a spring or well. The name was primarily rendered in the Latin form FONTIS. The name has numerous variant spellings which include HONT, LAFON, LAFONT, DEFONT, DEFOND, DELAFONT and SAFONT. Provencal is the traditional language of southern France, more specifically of south-eastern France, which developed from the medieval ‘langue d’oc’. Provencal is linguistically close to Catalan and the two languages frequently have similar Last Name forms. Catalan is the language of north-east Spain and the Balearic islands. Its last names share many of the characteristics of Spanish last names, except that there is very little Arabic influence and the Germanic influence is Frankish. Catalan names are nowadays quite widely distributed throughout the Iberian peninsula. They may frequently be recognized by their endings such as ‘e’ and ‘ero’. Most of the place-names that yield last names are usually of small communities, villages, hamlets, some so insignificant that they are now lost to the map. A place-name, it is reasonable to suppose, was a useful Last Name only when a man moved from his place of origin to elsewhere, and his new neighbours bestowed it, or he himself adopted it. Most of the European last names were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have last names, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of last names, becoming hereditary in the same way. At first the coat of arms were a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over his armour…. Noble title: Nobili Coat of arms: D’azzurro con una fontana d’argento…
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