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Fort History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fort. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Fort family lived in Ferrara, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Records are found in 1322, when the Fortiboni family moved from Ferrara to Cesena.


Early Origins of the Fort family


The surname Fort was first found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. History dates the city back to 753. Records are found in 1322, when the Fortiboni family moved from Ferrara to Cesena.

Early History of the Fort family


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Fort Spelling Variations


In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Fort include Forti, Forte, Fort, Fortis, Lo Forte, Fortezza, Fortiboni, Fortini, Fortino, Fortin, Forteguerri and many more.

Early Notables of the Fort family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family was Niccol Forteguerri, a Cardinal and diplomat in Pistoia born in 1419. He earned his degree in canon law at the University of Bologna and went on to become an ecclesiastic. Antonio Forteguerri was a man of letters in Pistoia around 1465, who is famous for his sonnets and canzoni which are modeled on the style of Petrarch. Scipione Forteguerri was a Humanist in Pistoia around this time and was fluent in Greek and Latin. Paolo Fortiboni was a secretary in Cesena for the Malatesta family. Pietro Fortini was a Sienese writer of novelle and...
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Migration of the Fort family to the New World and Oceana


A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Fort:

Fort Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marmaduke Fort, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Fort, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Fort, who settled in Maryland in 1685
  • John Fort who settled in Maryland in 1685

Fort Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Fort, aged 30, who landed in Louisiana in 1720 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Francis Fort, who settled in Virginia in 1736
  • Claude Fort, who settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Andrew Fort, who arrived in New York in 1760
  • Andreas Fort, who settled in New York in 1771

Fort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Emanuel Fort, who settled in Philadelphia in 1804
  • Lewis Emanuel Fort, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • C Fort, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • J. A. Fort, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • J. A. Fort settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fort Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Fort, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Fort Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Fort, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  • Harriet Mary Fort, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  • John Fort, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm

Fort Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. William H Fort, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • David Fort, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Elizabeth Fort, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Mary Anne Fort, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Jessie Fort, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fort (post 1700)


  • Brigadier-General Guy Osborne Fort (1879-1942), American Commanding General Lanao Force (1942) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Guy Fort. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fort/Guy_Osborne/USA.html
  • Charles Hoy Fort (1874-1932), American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena
  • Ricardo Fort (1968-2013), Argentine entrepreneur and television director
  • Jean Pierre Fort, French engineer, General Controller of the army, and Director of firms in Paris
  • Alain Roger Louis Fort, French lawyer and deputy in Paris
  • Jean Fort, former headmistress of Rodean
  • General Frank Fort Everest (1904-1983), American Commander-in-Chief of the US Air Forces in Europe (1957-1959) [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Frank Everest. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Everest/Frank_Fort/USA.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Guy Fort. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fort/Guy_Osborne/USA.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Frank Everest. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Everest/Frank_Fort/USA.html


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