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Where did the French Fortier family come from? What is the French Fortier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fortier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fortier family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortier research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fortier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Fortier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

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


  • Brigadier-General Louis Joseph Fortier (1892-1974), American Member United Nations Military Staff Committee (1945-1946)
  • 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
  • Yves Oscar Fortier OC, FRSC (b. 1914), Canadian geologist and director of the Geological Survey of Canada from 1964 to 1973


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.


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The Fortier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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