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Where did the German Fortner family come from? What is the German Fortner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fortner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fortner family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Fort, Forte, Forten, Fortern, Fortberger, Forteau, Fortema, Fortemps, Forter, Fortin, Fortner, Forton and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the name Fort became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortner research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1720 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Fortner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fortner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Fortner, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
  • Vicent Fortner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Fortner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Albina Fortner, who arrived in Chicago in 1873
  • Johann Fortner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1890

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  • Ethel Nestell Fortner (1907-1987), American poet, critic and editor
  • Ronnie Fortner (1941-2003), American radio and television anchor
  • Nell Fortner (b. 1959), American Olympic gold medalist basketball player and coach
  • Wolfgang Fortner (1907-1987), German composer, composition teacher and conductor


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  • The Fortner Family by Virginia Lobdell Jennings.
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  1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Fortner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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