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Fortan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Fortan family


The surname Fortan was first found in East Lothian in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Fortan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortan research.
Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Fortan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fortan Spelling Variations


Although the name, Fortan, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Fortune, Fortun and others.

Early Notables of the Fortan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Fortan family to Ireland


Some of the Fortan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fortan family to the New World and Oceana


Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Fortan family name Fortan, or who bore a variation of the surname were Anthony Fortune who purchased land in Louisiana in 1721 and by the mid-1800's the Fortunes occupied territories in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and San Francisco..

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