Fortin 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 Fortin family

The surname Fortin 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 Fortin family

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Fortin 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 Fortin family (pre 1700)

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United States Fortin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • François Fortin, of the branch of the family in Brittany, who immigrated to New France in 1617
  • Julien Fortin dit Bellefontaine, of Maine arrived in New France in 1649
  • Louis Fortin, who arrived from Normandy in New France in 1672
  • Robert Fortin, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [4]
Fortin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marin Fortin, of the branch of the family in Maine, who settled in New France in 1719
  • Anne Fortin, who settled in Boston in 1763
  • Julien Fortin, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1763 [4]
Fortin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Fortin aged 25, who settled in New York in 1822
  • Samuel Fortin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1842
  • F. Fortin, who settled in San Francisco in 1853
  • Robert Fortin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1871
  • Desiree Fortin, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1895
Fortin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emelie Fortin, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Gustave Fortin, aged 42, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1911
  • Arturo Fortin, aged 18, who landed in America from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in 1913
  • Baptiste Fortin, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1918
  • Damion T. Fortin, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fortin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Julien Fortin, son of Julien and Marie, who married Geneviève Gamache-Lamarre, daughter of Nicolas and Jacqueline, in Quebec on 11th November 1652 [5]
  • François Fortin, son of Guillaume and Catherine, who married Marie Jolliet, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 6th April 1660 [5]
  • Barbe Fortin, who was married to Pierre Gagnon in Quebec in 1669
  • Louis Fortin, son of Philippe and Agnès, who married Catherine Godin La Grandeur, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 21st November 1672 [5]
  • François Fortin, son of Marc and Françoise, who married Louise Sommillard, daughter of Orson and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 9th July 1674 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • René Fortin, son of Louis and Catherine, who married Françoise-Madeleine Périer, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Bout-de-L'Isle, Quebec on 31st January 1710 [5]
  • Joseph Fortin, son of François and Louise, who married Jeanne Lorrain, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Rivière des Prairies, Quebec on 17th November 1710 [5]
  • Charles Fortin, son of Charles and Xainte, who married Louise Guimont, daughter of Claude and Anne, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 5th November 1712 [5]
  • Louis Fortin, who married Anne Bossé in Quebec in 1714
  • Pierre Fortin, son of Pierre and Michelle, who married Marie-Catherine Bonhomme, daughter of Ignace and Agnès, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 12th February 1714 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fortin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Fortin, aged 62, who immigrated to Frazerville, Canada, in 1911
  • George Fortin, aged 29, who settled in St. John's, Quebec, in 1913
  • J. E. Fortin, aged 45, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1913
  • Joseph Fortin, aged 47, who settled in Outremont, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Fortin (post 1700) +

  • Jean Fortin, American writer
  • Major-General Louis-Alexandre-Fernand Fortin (1889-1949), French General in World War II [6]
  • André "Dédé" Fortin (1962-2000), Canadian leader and singer of the Québec band Les Colocs and an important figure in the history of Quebec music
  • André-Gilles Fortin (1943-1977), Canadian politician in the 1970s
  • Jean-Francois Fortin (b. 1979), Canadian professional NHL hockey player from Laval, Quebec


  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
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 4) Louis-Alexandre-Fernand Fortin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Fortin/Louis-Alexandre-Fernand/France.html


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