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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Foun"tain
  1. A spring of water issuing from the earth.
  2. An artificially produced jet or stream of water; also, the structure or works in which such a jet or stream rises or flows; a basin built and constantly supplied with pure water for drinking and other useful purposes, or for ornament.
  3. A reservoir or chamber to contain a liquid which can be conducted or drawn off as needed for use; as, the ink fountain in a printing press, etc.
  4. The source from which anything proceeds, or from which anything is supplied continuously; origin; source."Judea, the fountain of the gospel." [Fuller.]"Author of all being, Fountain of light, thyself invisible." [Milton.]

Etymology: F. fontaine, LL. fontana, fr. L. fons fontis. See 2d Fount

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water
  2. An artificially produced flow of water
  3. A structure from which an artificially produced jet of water arises
  4. A natural flow of ground water

From Middle English; from Old French fontaine (=modern); from Late Latin fontana, from Latin fontanus, fontaneus, adjectives from fons (“spring, source”)

  1. (originally) A spring, natural source of water.
  2. An artificial, usually ornamental, water feature (usually in a garden or public place) consisting of one or more streams of water originating from a statue or other structure.
  3. The structure from which an artificial fountain can issue.
  4. A reservoir from which liquid can be drawn.
  5. A source, origin of a flow (e.g. of favors, of knowledge).
  6. A juggling pattern typically done with an even number of props where each prop is caught by the same hand that thows it.
  7. (heraldry) A roundel barry wavy argent and azure.
  8. (US) A soda fountain.

Notable Persons Named Fountain

Fountain Hughes was a worker. Fountain was born on May 10th, 1848 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He died in 1957.


Fountain L. Thompson was a senator. He was most prominent from 1909 to 1910. Fountain was born on November 18th, 1854 in Macoupin County, Illinois. He left this life on February 4th, 1942.


Fountain was born on November 3rd, 1793 in Germantown, North Carolina. He left this life on December 1st, 1834.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Fountain

Pete Fountain is a dixieland jazz, jazz, pop jazz, honky-tonk jazz, pop, creole, and dixieland musician. He plays Clarinet. Pete was given the name Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr. on July 3rd, 1930 in New Orleans.


Clayton was born in 1955. He breathed his last breath on July 12th, 2004.


Ben was born in 1958.


Sara was born in 1981.


He was most active from 2001 to 2013. Chris was given the name Christopher Ryan Fountain on September 3rd, 1987 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.


Albert Jennings Fountain was a 14th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and List of Presidents pro tempore of the Texas Senate. His military service ended in 1864. Albert was born on October 23rd, 1838 in Staten Island. He breathed his last breath on February 1st, 1896.


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Popularity of Fountain as a last name

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Common last names for Fountain

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fountain U.S.
  White 61.91% 64.26%
  African American 32.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fountain

People with the last name Fountain are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Fountain

  • How Popular is the name Fountain? Fountain is the 31,930th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fountain was the 1,774th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fountain have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 139 babies born with the first name Fountain in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fountain to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fountain? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fountain first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fountain is Monday, August 10th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Fountain born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fountain was in 1919 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Fountain: Your name in reverse order is Niatnuof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nuitfona. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fountain? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 20,193 people with the last name Fountain.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fountain? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Fountain as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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