In a study of the ‘De Fonseka’ surname in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), three distinct family groups or segments could be found. One is the Arasanilayitta clan of Kalutara which is well documented in this site. The other group is the predominantly Buddhist group of families originating from Panadura, which is also featured in a separate section. The third group, is closely intertwined with the Dutch Burgher community and seems to be Anglican. Most of the names listed below belongs to this group and has been sourced from Anglican Church Records.
These names provide valuable insights into the different ‘De Fonseka’ branches that are in existence. This is the least researched segment and the people mentioned in this page will be organized into relevant Family Trees or Sections as the research progress.
Your help in identifying these persons ( or details of any De Fonsekas not listed here ) are most welcome. Please respond with whatever details you may have, however small or insignificant it may seem at the moment. It is hoped that one day this site will contain a comprehensive database of all De Fonseka families of Sri Lanka.
The Anglican De Fonseka Families :
Borella Baptisms :
Fredrick Winston Anthony Dias son of Fredrick Walter Dias and Novah Cecilia Maud de Fonseka 14/12/1924.
Anglican Church Colpetty (Baptisms):
Floris de Fonseka and Eliza de Abrew Rajapakse of Maradana
Son – Joseph Robert 29/11/1867 17/11/1878
Son – Philliph Albert 20/11/1865 17/11/1878
Sadoris De Fonseka Abeysekera Gunaratna and Batcho de Soosa Wickremasinghe of Pohaddaramulla Caltura
Son Abraham Flores 12/5/1847
Dutch Reformed Church, Wolvendaal – Baptisms:
Manuel De Fonseka and Cornelis Bosi
Anne Maria 10/07/1746
Nicholaas De Fonseka and Regina Gomes
Joan 11 days
Clara 21 days
Solomon 1 month 6 days
Hendrik Diderik Dias De Fonseka and (entry damaged) x (more details under others )
Johannes (adopted) 21/07/1781 3D/3 132
Rudolf (adopted) 12/01/1782 135
Simon De Fonseka and Maria Wilhelmmiina Wesselius
Sara Wilmma 25/05/1796 3D/3 283
Anna Maria 02/02/1799 3D/3 310
Johan Simon 02/08/1801 3D/3 330
Johan Nicolaas 15/07/1804 3B/2 48
Theodore Louis 10/09/1809 3B/2 142
Henrikus Phillippus 10/04/1814 3B/2 185
Louis De Fonseka and Anna Maria Pieris
Sara 02/08/1801 3D/3 330
Christiaan De Fonseka (Colombo) and Dona Giemara of Matara on 07/08/1808
Anna Maria 10/06/1801 3B/2 155
Johannes Louis 03/09/1820 3B/2 240
Johan De Fonseka and Nattalia Gomes
Cornelis 29/01/1758 3D/2 297
Michiel 08/03/1767 3D/2 409
Anna Catherina 20/11/1774 3D/3 76
Jan Marcus De Fonseka (Colombo) and Anna de Croos on 11/02/1753
Anna 30/12/1761 3D/2 338
Lodewyk De Fonseka and Johanna Francina de Seram
Balthazar 26/07/1767 3D/2 419
Petronella 25/06/1769 3D/3 23
Juliana Francina 27/10/1771 3D/3 49
Sara 11/02/1777 3D/3 48
Cornelis Adriana 11/06/1780 3D/3 119
Joan De Fonseka and Patronella Gomes
Pieternella 20/08/1780 3D/3 122
Regina 04/10/1778 3B/1 113
Clara Magdalena 22/06/1783 3B/1 130
Cornelis, Sicilia, Silvia, Christiaan, Christina and Joseph
( All adopted ) 23/07/1780 3D/3 121
Bernado De Fonseka and Maria Gomes
Anna 30/06/1767 3D/2 416
Louis De Fonseka and Louisa Wolvrant
Anna Maria (adopted) 07/07/1771 3D/3 45
Johan Simon De Fonseka and Anna Elizabeth Fernando
Louisa Wilhelmina 28/06/1829 3B/2 335
Johanna Marciana 11/03/1832 3B/2 366
Johanna Arnoldiva 07/02/1836 3B/2 416
John Simon De Fonseka and Johana Margeritta Phillipsz
Edward William 08/04/1844 3B/2 523
Mary Ellen 19/09/1847 3B/2 583
Amelia 21/10/1849 3B/2 611
Marciana Matilda 03/06/1855 3B/3 49
Deaths – St Paul’s Burial Grounds:
Don Cornelius De Fonseka 64 Yrs on 23/11/1830
Cornelia, daughter of Cornelis De Fonseka 5 mnths 05/04/1832
Marriages – Trinity Church Colombo
Warnage William Henry De Fonseka to Madapuliarachchige Matilda Elizabeth on 16/11/1911
Extracts from the Baptismal Register of Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo
Sadoris de Fonseka Abaysekera Guneratna and Katcho de Soosa Wickremasingha of Pohaddaramulla, Caltura
Abraham Floris de Fonseka (Son) Born 12th May 1847, Baptised March 17th 1878
Floris de Fonseka and Eliza de Abrew Rajapakse of Marandahn, Colombo
Phillip Albert de Fonseka Born 20th November 1865, Baptised March 17th 1878
Joseph Robert de Fonseka Born 29th November 1867, Baptised March 17th 1878
Extracts from the Registers of St. Paul’s Church, Kynsey Road, Colombo
Marriage – John Simon de Fonseka and Johanna Margaritta Philips on the 20th of February, 1838.
No 21, Folio No 5.
Baptismal – Jane Chrlotta de Fonseka (daughter) Born 15th February 1839, Baptised 7th April 1839.
No 69, Folio No 5.
Sophia Elizabeth de Fonseka (daughter) Born 2nd November 1840, Baptised 25th December 1840.
No 125, Folio No 5.
Unconfirmed Source :
Phillipus Arend of Zevenbregen bombardier widr. Of Cornelis Van den linden and Klara de Fonseka of Cbo. Married 25/1/1767.
De Fonseka names, family trees and details picked up from various sources.
(1) Hendrik Diederick Dias de Fonseca, source Sri Lanka Gen Web – Notables in Ceylon in the year 1760, posted by Ms. Jennifer van der Greft, Kfar Saba, Israel.
Following here is an example of a translation describing the funeral procession of Robertus Kramer – Dissave of Colombo, by Mr. De Vos, one of the most knowledgeable people of the VOC period. Mr. F.H. de Vos gives lots of personal information concerning the persons attending the funeral which cannot be found anywhere else.
(1) At the funeral of Robertus Cramer the following persons were present:-
47. Hendrik Diederick Dias de Fonseca, OnderKoopman. He died in Colombo in 1785 and was married twice: 1st time with Hester Catharina Kriekenbeek in 1767 and the 2nd time with Anna Elizabeth Leembruggen in 1776.
(Onderkoopman = Merchant – Second Class;
Senior rank in the Dutch Administration; Grades were Clerk, Assistant, Book-Keeper, Under-Merchant, Merchant, Upper-Merchant and Commandeur (only in Jaffna and Galle)
He is also mentioned in Archives Volumes 2622 and 2623 (see D’andrado Papers).
2622 1781 January 3 – December 31, Nos. 1 – 188. By Hendrik Diederi, Dias da Fonseka.
2623 1781 – 1796 January 25.( n.b. Although composed by different clerks the numbering in this file is consistent), Nos. 1 – 54. The specification is as follows:
Nos. 01-11: 1781 – 1783 September 5 by Dias da Fonceka ; (see No. 2622).
(2) Lyn De Fonseka – Librarian 1958 Colombo Museum and Asst. Secretary Royal Asiatic Society. ( Source Obituary RAS Journal XIV 1970, 134-135 )
(3) Sourced from Birth/Death/Marriage Certificates
- M. L. Lewis de Fonseka married A. Martha Fonseka.
- Cecilia Gertrude de Fonseka (Nainamadama).
- Cecilia Gertrude de Fonseka (Nainamadama).
- Hector Herbert de Fonseka married K. B. Lucilda.
- Eileen Jannet (Johanna) de Fonseka.
My thanks to Andrew Buultjens for searching the parish registers and other church archives for most of these names.