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Fortner Family History

Fortner Name Meaning
German: variant (also Förtner) or Americanized form of Pförtner, occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper in a great house, castle, or monastery, Middle High German portenaere (from Latin porta ‘door’, ‘gate’). Compare English Porter.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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53,527 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
9,152 Military Records
1,053 Immigration Records
36,226 Census and Voter Lists
179,573 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Fortner Families

  • Number of Fortner families
     47 - 91
     16 - 46
     1 - 15
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fortner families
     7 - 12
     3 - 6
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Fortner last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Fortner census records

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Fortner Family Origin

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Fortner Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Fortner

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Fortner Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Fortner census records

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Fortner Civil War Service Records

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