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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Fort, Forte, Forten, Fortern, Fortberger, Forteau, Fortema, Fortemps, Forter, Fortin, Fortner, Forton and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the name Fort became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortner research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1720 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Fortner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Fortner, who landed in Mississippi in 1799
  • Vicent Fortner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Fortner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Albina Fortner, who arrived in Chicago in 1873
  • Johann Fortner, who arrived in New York, NY in 1890

Fortner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Fortner, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

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  • Ethel Nestell Fortner (1907-1987), American poet, critic and editor
  • Ronnie Fortner (1941-2003), American radio and television anchor
  • Nell Fortner (b. 1959), American Olympic gold medalist basketball player and coach
  • Wolfgang Fortner (1907-1987), German composer, composition teacher and conductor


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  • The Fortner Family by Virginia Lobdell Jennings.
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  1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Fortner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortner 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.

This page was last modified on 16 November 2013 at 11:43.

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