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Fortin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French, German, Italian


From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Fortin. 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 Fortin 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 Fortin family


The surname Fortin 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 Fortin family


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Fortin 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 Fortin include Forti, Forte, Fort, Fortis, Lo Forte, Fortezza, Fortiboni, Fortini, Fortino, Fortin, Forteguerri and many more.

Early Notables of the Fortin 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...
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Migration of the Fortin family to the New World and Oceana


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

Fortin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • François Fortin, of the branch of the family in Brittany, who emigrated to New France in 1617
  • Julien Fortin dit Bellefontaine, of Maine arrived in New France in 1649
  • Louis Fortin, who arrived from Normandy in New France in 1672
  • Robert Fortin, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [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)

Fortin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marin Fortin, of the branch of the family in Maine, who settled in New France in 1719
  • Anne Fortin, who settled in Boston in 1763
  • Julien Fortin, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1763 [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)

Fortin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Fortin aged 25, who settled in New York in 1822
  • Samuel Fortin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1842
  • F. Fortin, who settled in San Francisco in 1853
  • Robert Fortin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1871
  • Desiree Fortin, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895

Fortin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emelie Fortin, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Gustave Fortin, aged 42, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1911
  • Arturo Fortin, aged 18, who landed in America from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in 1913
  • Baptiste Fortin, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Damion T. Fortin, aged 51, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
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Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Julien Fortin, son of Julien and Marie, married Geneviève Gamache-Lamarre, daughter of Nicolas and Jacqueline, in Quebec on 11th November 1652 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Fortin, son of Guillaume and Catherine, married Marie Jolliet, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 6th April 1660 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Barbe Fortin, who was married to Pierre Gagnon in Quebec in 1669
  • Louis Fortin, son of Philippe and Agnès, married Catherine Godin La Grandeur, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 21st November 1672 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • François Fortin, son of Marc and Françoise, married Louise Sommillard, daughter of Orson and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 9th July 1674 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • René Fortin, son of Louis and Catherine, married Françoise-Madeleine Périer, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Bout-de-L'Isle, Quebec on 31st January 1710 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Joseph Fortin, son of François and Louise, married Jeanne Lorrain, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Rivière des Prairies, Quebec on 17th November 1710 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Charles Fortin, son of Charles and Xainte, married Louise Guimont, daughter of Claude and Anne, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 5th November 1712 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Louis Fortin, who married Anne Bossé in Quebec in 1714
  • Pierre Fortin, son of Pierre and Michelle, married Marie-Catherine Bonhomme, daughter of Ignace and Agnès, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 12th February 1714 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Fortin, aged 62, who emigrated to Frazerville, Canada, in 1911
  • George Fortin, aged 29, who settled in St. John's, Quebec, in 1913
  • J. E. Fortin, aged 45, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1913
  • Joseph Fortin, aged 47, who settled in Outremont, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Fortin (post 1700)


  • Jean Fortin, American writer
  • André "Dédé" Fortin (1962-2000), Canadian leader and singer of the Québec band Les Colocs and an important figure in the history of Quebec music
  • Major-General Louis-Alexandre-Fernand Fortin (1889-1949), French General in World War II [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) Louis-Alexandre-Fernand Fortin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fortin/Louis-Alexandre-Fernand/France.html
  • André-Gilles Fortin (1943-1977), Canadian politician in the 1970s
  • Jean-Francois Fortin (b. 1979), Canadian professional NHL hockey player from Laval, Quebec

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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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) Louis-Alexandre-Fernand Fortin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fortin/Louis-Alexandre-Fernand/France.html

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