About the Faunt and Fants of Ireland,France and UK. One-Name Guild Surname. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, May 24, 2013
Starting The Tale ~ For Memorial Day
cousins and I were told that our family was Norman French before they came to Ireland.
Our family came to New Jersey in 1869 to a small town of the Delaware River. Grandpop
Edward ( born Edmund) Faunt was of the first generation of Faunts born in
America, or so it seemed until the advent ofDNA genealogy.
This happy event coincided with my retirement when, to
keep myself mentally active I had begun to piece together what little we knew
of our family line. Two of my male cousins had done some work on my maternal
line years before and from that I had a few pieces of paper tucked in a jewelry
box. I knew that Patrick Faunt, Grandpop's father, was born in Limerick.
the shock when my Cousin Francis Faunt decided to test his DNA in the
Genographic Project and found he matched another man quite closely whose name
was Fant. This family had its roots in Colonial America and many had concluded
they were from Foston Leicestershire England where Faunts had lived as landed
gentry, military leaders and courtiers between 1385 -1600. Others of that line
looked at other writings which showed that forebears of this same family were
in Ireland prior to this time. Additionally as we were later to find out, other
lines existed from places in Ireland far from Limerick as well as nearby
My grandfather had told us the family was
French, possibly Norman French and the name had been L'enfant or De Faunt .He
used to sing me a song "Me Mither came from Dun-ee-gall she eats potatoes
skins and all" and told us he had belonged to "Sons of Donegal"
as a boy in Philadelphia. How did this translate into his father being born in
Limerick? I decided to try to weave all these threads together to see what a
more complete picture looked like.
with some of the more accessible genealogy resources and utilizing what Franny
and Don had I began my search. I first explored all that was currently
published on the Virginia Fant family as nothing really existed for our family,
or so I presumed. Using our Patrick's Limerick birthplace as a jumping off
point didn't get me too far with published records and I decided to consult an
I went to the National Archives of Ireland and reading a bit
about the different researchers I took the plunge on one John McDermott who
seemed to research in the right area for my folks.