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Where everything started

Faure is an Occitan family name (meaning blacksmith), from the Latin Faber. Regional or dialect variants include Favre, Fauré, Lefèvre. Occitan is a now near extinct language that is spoken along the northern shores of the Mediterranean, from Spain to Italy.

Faure in France

The name Faure appear in many historic documents in France. There is record of a Faure appointed to nobility. The records of employees at the Palace of Versailles also list the name Faure, three of them in fact. Then there are those with the name Faure listed as victims of La Guillotine.

Today there are about 49,000 people in France with the family name Faure, which rank it 33rd on the list of common family names.

The move to South Africa

French Protestants were called Huguenots by the end of the 16th century. By the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century, roughly 500,000 Huguenots had fled France during a series of religious persecutions. One of these Hugenots was Antoine Faure that arrived in Table Bay on 24/03/1714 on board the Dutch ship Kockengen.

  It is worth reading the interesting story of Antoine and life in Europe at the time, the route he followed from Orange through France, Switzerland, Germany and Netherlands. How the voyage by sea has influenced the first steps to settling in the Cape. This epic journey was compiled by Dr AG Faure and it is with great appreciation that we make it available here. (.pdf format)

The South African branch of the Faure family

Antoine Faure and his children have made a big impact on life in Cape Town at the time.

Much effort and many hours have been spent in tracing the roots of the family and compiling a family tree. It is with great thanks and appreciation to all concerned, and these gentlemen in particular:
Albert Pieter Verner FAURE (1931-2007) and Prof Alexander Pierre Faure (1946 - ) here in South Africa,
as well as Michael John HARRIS (1933 - ) (connected by marraige) en Dr Anthony Gerard FAURE (1926 - ) in Europe
which contributed in compiling this voluminous information. (.pdf format)
Button 9 1. Historic information, Antoine and the first 3 generations of the Faure family in South Africa.
2. Descendants of Dr Abraham FAURE (1795-1875).
3. Descendants of Johannes Gysbertus FAURE (1796-1869).
4. Descendants of Jacobus Christiaan FAURE (1798-1876).
5. Descendants of Pieter Hendrik FAURE (1800-1862).
6. Descendants of Dr Philip Eduard FAURE (1811-1882).
7. The Story of Antoine FAURE (1685-1736), from Orange to Cape Town.
8. Interesting articles, letters and other documents with more information of the Faure family.
You will understand that the information in these documents will, by its nature, constantly change. We will, from time to time, post the latest updates here.

I am currently working on an electronic version that will be available here soon.

If you have more information of the Faure family that you would like to share, or if you want to correct some of our information, or even if you just want to chat, you are welcome to contact me here: faure @ faure.co.za

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