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The surname Fortner was 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.

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


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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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  • Nell Fortner (b. 1959), American Olympic gold medalist basketball player and coach
  • Ronnie Fortner (1941-2003), American radio and television anchor
  • Ethel Nestell Fortner (1907-1987), American poet, critic and editor
  • 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. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. 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.

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