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Early Origins of the Fortenberry family

The surname FortenBerry was first found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Fortenberry family

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Fortenberry Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Furstenberg, Fürstenberg, Furstengerger, Furstenbusch, Forstenberg, Foersdenberg, Vorstenberg and many more.

Early Notables of the Fortenberry family (pre 1700)

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Fortenberry Ranking

In the United States, the name Fortenberry is the 3,992nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the FortenBerry family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Forss, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1796; Antoine Fuerstenberger, who settled in Texas in 1846; Lorentz Fuerstenberg, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854.

Contemporary Notables of the name FortenBerry (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant Ralph M. Fortenberry, U.S. Navy, Medical Officer at McMurdo Station, Hut Point Peninsula, Ross Island, 1960, eponym of the Fortenberry Glacier, Antarctica
  • Kenneth Hale "Ken" Fortenberry, American newspaper publisher, author, and journalist
  • Joseph Cephis "Joe" Fortenberry (1911-1993), American Olympic basketball player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • John Fortenberry, American film and television director from Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry (b. 1960), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from the First Congressional District of Nebraska (2005-) from Baton Rouge, Louisiana [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alvie Charles Fortenberry, American Coxswain from Mississippi, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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  3. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook