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The surname Fortwangler was first found in Germany, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Furtwanger, Furtwangler, Fortwangler, Fortwengler, Furttenburg and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortwangler research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Fortwangler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fortwangler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortwangler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Fortwangler, who arrived in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1840

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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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The Fortwangler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortwangler 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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