Ffont / font Family
/ Font / Faunt Family
Arms. Argent, semee of cross crosslets, a lion rampant,
Crest. A demi lion rampant.
The Ffont family settled in
Galway in the beginning of the fifteenth century.
They sprung from an ancient
English family of Leicestershire, and, are said, to have
been established in Athenry, as early as the reign of King
The name is now nearly extinct. Geoffry Ffont, who died near
Galway, in 1814, aged 105 years, is supposed to have been
the last survivor of the Galway branch of this family.
Not a great deal is known
about the Ffont family, but they were well connected with
the other tribes of Galway.
known to many of us as the father of "Captain" George Athy,
was born in Galway abt.1612/15, to Walter Athy of Galway and
an unknown Martyn. From the naming pattern used by the
family, his mother may have been a daughter of Francis
Martyn FitzThomas. Francis was listed as Sheriff of Galway
in 1639/40, his wife also appears to also have been a
Again following the naming pattern we can establish this may
have been the daughter of George Martyn FitzWalter, a third
cousin to his mother. Their children were Walter Athy
b.1640, George Athy b.1642, John Athy b.1644. From the
Bodkin genealogies we also find a daughter Susannah Athy,
married to Patrick
Their son Thomas Bodkin was married to Julian Browne who was
listed among the traitors within the walls during the siege
Francis did not live in Athy's Castle, but had a house on
St. Augustine St. in Galway, this along with the naming
pattern would support that he was the second son of Walter.
As late as 1641 Francis Athy is shown also owning property
in Athenry. He would have had an elder brother named John,
who would have been the family heir. This John is mentioned
as the father of Maria Athy of Galway, married to Francis
Ffont, who died 1670, son of Stephen Ffont and Juliana
Their son was Dominick Ffont who died in 1693.
See History of other Tribes