Fortain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Fortin originally comes from the French word "fort", which means "strong". Sources believe the name was most commonly used for "un homme fort", or in English, "a strong man". [1]

Early Origins of the Fortain family

The surname Fortain was first found in Orléanais, where they held a family seat at De Fortan, a village in the department of Loire, in the arrondisement of Vendome [2].

This distinguished family later branched to Tournai in Normandy, and to Ile-de-France where they held considerable estates. The family also acquired possessions in Maine.

Louis Fortin, born in 1647, son of Philippe and Agnes (née Londin), travelled from Évreux, France to the New World in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec, Louis married Catherine Godin, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne (née Rousseliere), in Montreal on 21st November 1672. [3]

Early History of the Fortain family

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Fortain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fortin, Forttin, Fortain, Forttain, Fortein, Forttein, Fortaing, Forttaing, Fortaine, Forttaine, Forting, Fortting, Forteins, Fortteins, Fortains, Forttains, Phortin, Phorttin, Phortain, Phorttain, Phortein, Phorttein, Phortaing, Phorttaing, Phortaine, Phorttaine, Phorting, Phortting, Phorteins, Phortteins, Phortains and many more.

Early Notables of the Fortain family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fortain family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.



  1. ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  3. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


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