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Where did the German Fortwengler family come from? What is the German Fortwengler family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fortwengler family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fortwengler family history?

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

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.


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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fortwengler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Fortwengler, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joseph Fortwengler, who settled in New Orleans in 1867
  • Benjamin Fortwengler, who arrived in Illinois in 1880
  • William Fortwengler, who came to Arkansas in 1882
  • William Fortwengler, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882

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  2. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Fortwengler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fortwengler 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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