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From the historical and enchanting Italian region of Tuscany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Fortuna family. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Tuscany is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Fortuna is a name for a person of happy nature, good fortune and favorable destiny. This surname is derived from the Latin personal name Fortunatus, which means happy, chance, or luck. The Latin name was fashionable among early Christians, chosen to illustrate their joy in the faith. It was borne by a large number of early saints, which further increased its popularity as a given name in the Middle Ages.

Fortuna Early Origins



The surname Fortuna was first found in the town of Volterra where Gianfranco Fortunio was a humanist and grammarian. He is famous for his work on Italian grammar and many of his theories and methods are used today by grammarians.

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Fortuna Spelling Variations


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Fortuna Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Fortuna include Fortuna, Fortuni, Infortuna, Fortunio, Fortugno, Fortunato, Fortunati and many more.

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Fortuna Early History


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Fortuna Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortuna research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1746 is included under the topic Early Fortuna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fortuna Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fortuna Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fortuna 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



In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Fortuna were found:

Fortuna Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Jeronima Fortuna, who settled in New Granada in 1553-1554

Fortuna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Fortuna, aged 23, landed in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Peter Fortuna, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1856
  • Peter Fortuna, who arrived in Savannah, Georgia in 1856
  • Francisco Fortuna, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fortuna (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fortuna (post 1700)



  • Diana Fortuna (b. 1956), American businesswoman, Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Opera
  • Brian Fortuna (b. 1982), American professional ballroom dancer, choreographer and instructor
  • Wojciech Fortuna (b. 1957), former Polish Gold Medal-winning ski jumper

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    2. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    8. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
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    The Fortuna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortuna 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 24 October 2013 at 18:11.

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