Noble surnames, such as Fortier, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Fortier, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful Ile de France region. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Fortier family originally derived its surname from the name of the place in Ile-de-France, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Fortier family
The surname Fortier was first found in Ile-de-France where they held a family seat
in the Seigneurie of de la Fortier in de Beauce from ancient times.
Early History of the Fortier family
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Fortier Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fortier, Fortiers, Fortyer, Forthier, Fortiais, Fortiaie, Fortiay, Fortyers, Fortyais, Forttier, Forttiers, Forttyer, Fortthier, Forttiais, Forttiaie, Forttiay, Forttyers, Forttyais, Fortiey and many more.
Early Notables of the Fortier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fortier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fortier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Catherine Fortier married in Trois-Rivières in 1657
Fortier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Claude Fortier, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 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)
Fortier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Clementine Fortier aged 17, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
- A. Fortier who settled in San Francisco in 1850
Fortier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Antoine Fortier married in Montreal in 1670
- Etienne Fortier married in Montreal in 1672
- Louis Fortier worked in Lachine, Quebec in 1679
- Louis Fortier who married Marie-Charles Mallet in Quebec in 1683
Fortier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jeanne Fortier who married Joseph Pilet in Quebec in 1700
- Jean-Baptiste Fortier who married Madeleine Ruelle in Quebec in 1710
- Narcisse-Guillaume-François Fortier who married Marie-Anne Milot in Quebec in 1728
Fortier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Antoine Fortier who married Marie-Madeleine Cadieu in Quebec and had 1 daughter and 5 sons
- Louis Fortier who married Madelaine Moyson in Quebec and had 6 daughters and 3 sons
Contemporary Notables of the name Fortier (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General Louis Joseph Fortier (1892-1974), American Member United Nations Military Staff Committee (1945-1946) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Louis Fortier. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fortier/Louis_Joseph/USA.html
- Norman J. Fortier, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5.83 aerial victories
- Marianne Fortier (b. 1993), Canadian Genie nominated child actress
- D'Iberville Fortier OC (1926-2006), Canadian diplomat, the third Commissioner of Official Languages (1984 to 1991)
- Achille Fortier (1864-1939), Canadian composer and music educator
- David Edward Fortier (b. 1951), Canadian former NHL ice hockey player
- Marc Fortier (b. 1966), Canadian former NHL ice hockey centre
- Michael M. Fortier (b. 1962), former Canadian Minister of International Trade and a former Conservative senator
- Herbert Fortier (1867-1949), Canadian actor of the silent era
- Claude Fortier CC (1921-1986), Canadian physiologist inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1998
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The Fortier Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Turris fortissima virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a tower of strength to me.