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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Furtwanger, Furtwangler, Fortwangler, Fortwengler, Furttenburg and many more.

First found in Germany, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortwangler research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Fortwangler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fortwangler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortwangler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Fortwangler, who arrived in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1840

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  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Fortwangler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortwangler 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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