Places and other things Faure

Some members of the Faure family made an impression, to the point that certain places were named for them. Here are a few examples. 

Here in South Africa:


Faure (34 02S 18 44E) is about 16km south-west of Stellenbosch and 12km north-west of Strand.

When the railway line was built they had to find a name for the station. As it was located among farms owned by Faure families, the name was fairly obvious. It was, as far as I could determine, not named after a specific individual.

Interesting development near Faure includes iThemba Labs, where Accelerator-Based research is conducted as well as the Cape Town Film Studios, a Hollywood style complex for film production.



Fauresmith (29 45S 25 19E) is the third oldest town in the Freestate and one of a few places in the world where the railway line runs down the main street. It was laid out in 1850 and became a municipality in 1859.

It was named after Dominee Philip Eduard Faure (1811-1882) and Sir Harry Smith, Governor of the Cape.

Today it is perhaps best known for the annual National Equestrian Endurance Race.



The Faure Marine Drive, along the R44, from Gordons Bay to Rooiels, is one of the most scenic roads in South Africa.

Named after Philippus Albertus Brand Faure (1875-1947) who was the Member of Parliament for this constituency from 1929 to 1945.



I can rightly ask "Which one?"

From Faure Avenue in Los Angeles to Rua Faure in Sao Paulo to Faure Road in Soweto, there are numerous streets, not only in South Africa, but world-wide, all named after some Faure or another. In time I hope to put some more information here, and where possible, link the street to the individuals they were named for.



This semi-deciduous member of the Proteaceae family known to us as the Boekenhout, (or African Beech), can grow to about 10 metres, or up to 20 metres under forest conditions. There are some 15 species of Faurea occurring in Africa and Madagascar.

Its dark-grey to black bark is rough and deeply fissured, while the narrow drooping leaves are reminiscent of a willow. The timber is much-prized. It was widely used by the Voortrekkers for furniture and they named it Transvaal Boekenhout for its resemblance to European Beech.

William Henry Harvey named the genus after William Caldwell Faure (1822-1844), a young soldier and enthusiastic botanist who was killed in India.


.... and in other parts of the world:


Located on the banks of the river Lot, inside the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, on route D662, is the small village Tour de Faure.

It was first known as Montagnac and is near the medieval village Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. From 1440 the name of 'La Tour de Faure' (The Tower of Faure) was used.

The village comprise about 140 homes with a population of around 400.
Region: Midi-Pyrénées. Department: Lot. Major town in Department: Cahors (33km to west).
Postal Code:46330 Lat: 44.46878 Long: 1.69007 Alt: 140m. Distance from Paris: 490km.



Faure Islands (68°6'S 68°50'W) is a group of rocky islands and reefs, 3 mi in extent, lying 21 mi SW of Cape Alexandra, the SE end of Adelaide Island, in Marguerite Bay off the west coast of Graham Land, Antarctica. Discovered by the French Antarctic Expedition (FrAE), 1908-10, under Jean-Baptiste Charcot, who named them for Maurice Faure (1850 - 1919), French scholar and statesman.

The group consist of Dismal Island, Lurker Rock and Pipkin Rock. Dismal Island, 2 km long and 60 metres high, is the largest of the Faure Islands and mainly ice covered. The islands were visited and surveyed in 1949 by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, who then named Dismal island for its appearance of extreme desolation and lifelessness.

You will also find the Faure Passage to the south-west, a safe, deep passage between Faure Islands and the Kirkwood Islands.



Faure Island, in World Heritage listed Shark Bay off the west coast of Australia, is owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). AWC has transformed the 5,300 hectare island by removing feral cats and goats, reducing stock numbers, and reintroducing five nationally threatened mammal species: Burrowing bettongs, Shark Bay mice, Banded-hare wallabies and Western barred bandicoots.

The island was named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1801, in honour of the geographer, Pierre Faure, aboard his ship Le Naturaliste.

Pastoral leases over the island were granted in 1873. In 1999 the lease was sold to the AWC, which removed more than 3400 sheep.

The landscape consists mostly of red and white sandy plains and dunes, with claypans in low-lying areas. The highest point is 26m above sea level.



Alfred Faure Station above the site of Port Alfred is a permanent French scientific station on Possession Island of the Crozet Archipelago, about 3000km south-east of Cape Town.

It is located along on the eastern side of the island. The station is situated on a plateau 143 m ASL. Depending on the season, there are between 15-60 personnel working at the station. Their scientific work includes meteorological, seismic, biological and geological research.

The research station was first established during the austral summer of 1963-64. It replaced a temporary scientific station that was built in 1961. The new station was named after Alfred Faure who was the site's leader in the early 1960s.



Since the beginning of the computer age, Monte Carlo methods have been used to evaluate integrals, solve integral equations, and simulate physical processes. These methods use a sequence of points, usually a deterministic pseudo-random approximation to a randomly chosen sequence, to sample the values of the integrand function or the possible steps in a process.

Over the years a number of techniques, like the Faure Quasi-random sequences, have been developed to improve the accuracy of these methods.
(source: WJ MOROKOFF, Mathematics Department, University of California Los Angeles)

Developed by one Henri Faure, mathematician at the Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy, Marseille, who published his work in 1982 and it is still used today.


Obviously I do not know of all places, or objects, that carry the Faure name. If you know of somewhere (or something) called Faure, please let me know.