“If you don’t know your history, you don’t know anything.
                   You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”
  Michael Crichton


The surname (family name) De Fonseka is probably what bought you to this site, or to this page. Even If not, this page will still enlighten a lot about a surname in general.  

In the first section of this page we study the surname in general, it’s origins and lay before you it’s history gathered from resources all over the world.

               The surname ‘De Fonseka’ –  it’s origins and the present day incarnations.

               To ‘De’ or not to ‘de’             – The story behind the first part of the family name.

               Family Coat of Arms            – The story behind family crest and Coat of Arms.

               Mudaliyars Explained          – All about the Mudaliyars, and their role in society over the centuries. 

               Manuel Dias Andrady          – The case of an extended version of the family tree, which could possibly take the family history back to 1545. 

Associated families of the Varunukula Aditiya Arasanilaitta Clan

In this section  we look at the references to the clan families thru the genealogy table of  the Varnakula Addittiya Arasanilayitta clan referred to in the genelogy documents.  These families of were part of the six families with a distinct rank and status as chieftains of the Karava clans. Varnakula was one of the great ‘Surya’ clans of the Karava caste. (the other two being ‘Kurukulasuriya’ and Arasakulasuriya’).   


De Fonseka / D’andrado / De Rowel / Lowe / Tamel Genealogy Chart

Click on the picture above to open the genealogy chart. This is a reproduction of a large genealogy chart prepared and printed by S. R. de Fonseka, and given to family members in the 1930s. It will open in a separate window, so that you may keep it opened for reference while browsing the rest of the papers.

The genealogy charts are presented in HTML format and will load much faster. It also contains additional family details and links not found in the genealogy chart including sources of information, references and dates and links to family trees which trace their descendents to date.

               The Genealogies of the D’andrado families of Kalutara

               The Genealogies of the Lowe families of Marawila.

               The Genealogies of the De Rowel families of Marawila.

               The Genealogies of the Tamel (de Melho) families of Kammala.

               The Genealogies of the Tissera families of Negambo.

De Fonseka families of Panadura

While the De Fonseka families of Kalutara have been discussed at great length in the preceding section, many segments of ‘De Fonseka’ families have surfaced in my  research into the family name.

One such is the de Fonseka family Group originating from Panadura. Predominantly Buddhist, there is a large crowd of de Fonseka families distributed in and around Panadura. Sir Susantha de Fonseka was the most eminent amongst them

               De Fonseka  (Panadura) Family Trees

Other De Fonseka families

In this section  we look at some of the De Fonseka names which I have collected during my research on the family name, and which I have not been able to connect to the genealogy charts prepared so far.

However they provide valuable insight into the different de Fonseka branches that are in existence.  The people mentioned in this page will be organized into relevant Family Trees or Sections as the research progress.

               The Genealogies of the other De Fonseka families.

              Fonseka ‘Parapurawal’ (Families)

Connected Families:

The Fernando families of Marawila and Thamabarawila have been very closely associated with the Lowe families through Inter marriages. This page looks at the family tree of Varnakulasuriya Adrian Fernando, Muhandiram of Kammala, and contains some lovely period photographs of this family.
(The Lowe Family genealogy details, the Varnakula Fernando family details and photographs of the Marawila families have been provided by Dr Germain Fernando of Brisbane, Australia.)

               The Genealogies of the Varnakula Fernando families of Negambo.

The Lyndon Jusey De Silva family or the Seven Sisters, are connected by marriage.

               The Lindon Jussey de Silva family