Fortune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Fortune family

The surname Fortune was first found in East Lothian in Roxburghshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Fortune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortune research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Fortune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fortune Spelling Variations

The name Fortune, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Fortune, Fortun and others.

Early Notables of the Fortune family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fortune family to Ireland

Some of the Fortune family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fortune migration to the United States

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Fortune family, or who bore a variation of the surname Fortune were

Fortune Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eleanor Fortune, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • john Fortune, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • Robert Fortune, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [1]
Fortune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Fortune who purchased land in Louisiana in 1721 and by the mid-1800's the Fortunes occupied territories in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and San Francisco
  • Henry Fortune, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [1]
  • Frantz Fortune, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Michael Fortune, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Malachi Fortune, aged 19, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fortune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Fortune, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Martin Fortune, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • James Fortune was a chemist in Huntingdon in 1851
  • James Fortune, who landed in St Clair County in 1857 [1]
  • Thomas Fortune, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857 [1]

Fortune migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortune Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Fortune, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. William Fortune U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784 [2]

Fortune migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fortune Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Fortune, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [3]
  • John Fortune, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ida Zeigler" in 1863
  • Alexander Fortune, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Mary Fortune, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • Amelia Fortune, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fortune (post 1700)

  • Cornelius "Sonny" Fortune (1939-2018), American jazz saxophonist
  • Sonny Fortune (b. 1939), American jazz musician
  • Scott Thomas Fortune (b. 1966), American Olympic gold medalist volleyball player
  • Rose Fortune (1774-1864), African-American Black Loyalist and businesswoman, first female police officer in Canada
  • Jimmy Fortune (b. 1955), American country music singer
  • Jesse Fortune (1930-2009), American Chicago blues singer
  • Peter Fortune, American educator and historian
  • George La Fortune, American politician, Representative from New York 33rd District, 1950 [4]
  • Graham Charles Fortune CNZM (1941-2016), New Zealand diplomat and public servant, New Zealand Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (1987-1990)
  • Achille Victor Fortuné de Vaufreland-Piscatory, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Fortune family

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Robert Gerard Fortune (1948-1988), American Insurance Executive from Jackson Heights, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [6]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Mary Fortune, (née McDougald), aged 60, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 10 [7]
  • Miss Alice Elizabeth Fortune, aged 24, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 10 [7]
  • Miss Ethel Flora Fortune, aged 28, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 10 [7]
  • Miss Mabel Helen Fortune, aged 23, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 10 [7]
  • Mr. Charles Alexander Fortune (d. 1912), aged 19, Canadian First Class passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [7]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) Achille Fortuné. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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