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Fortman Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Fortmann . English: nickname from Old French fort ‘strong’ + mains ‘hands’. English: variant of Fortnam a nickname from Old French fort ‘strong’ + anon ‘young ass’.

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


Similar surnames: Forthman, Wortman, Hortman, Foreman, Zortman, Portman, Cottman

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Where is the Fortman family from?

You can see how Fortman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fortman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fortman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Fortman families living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Fortman's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Fortman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fortman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fortman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fortman. 34% of Fortman men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Fortman women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fortman were Labor and Bookkeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    34%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Labor
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Fortman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fortman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 602 immigration records available for the last name Fortman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 880 military records available for the last name Fortman. For the veterans among your Fortman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fortman lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Fortman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fortman in 1947 was 46, and 83 in 2004.

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