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Where did the German Fortwengler family come from? What is the German Fortwengler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fortwengler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fortwengler 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 Fortwengler research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Fortwengler 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 Fortwengler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortwengler Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Fortwengler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joseph Fortwengler, who settled in New Orleans in 1867
  • Benjamin Fortwengler, who arrived in Illinois in 1880
  • William Fortwengler, who came to Arkansas in 1882
  • William Fortwengler, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882

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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Fortwengler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortwengler 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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