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Fortner Early Origins



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.

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Fortner Spelling Variations


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Fortner Spelling Variations



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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Fortner Early History


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Fortner Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Fortner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fortner Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 [1]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)
  • Vicent Fortner, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 [1]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)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Fortner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fortner (post 1700)



  • 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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Suggested Readings for the name Fortner


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Suggested Readings for the name Fortner



  • The Fortner Family by Virginia Lobdell Jennings.

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