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Fortune Family History

Fortune Name Meaning
English and French: nickname for a gambler or for someone considered fortunate or well favored, from Middle English, Old French fortune ‘chance’, ‘luck’. In some cases it may derive from the rare medieval personal name Fortune (Latin Fortunius).French (Fortuné): from the personal name Fortuné, a vernacular form of the Late Latin personal name Fortunatus meaning ‘prosperous’, ‘happy’.Scottish: habitational name from a place in Lothian, probably so named from Old English for ‘hog’, ‘pig’ + tun ‘settlement’, ‘enclosure’; John de Fortun was servant to the abbot of Kelso c. 1200.

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

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12,381 Military Records
6,916 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Fortune Families

  • Number of Fortune families
     65 - 128
     22 - 64
     1 - 21
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Fortune families
     158 - 314
     53 - 157
     1 - 52
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Fortune families
     72 - 142
     25 - 71
     1 - 24
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Fortune Family Origin

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Fortune Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Fortune

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Fortune Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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