Fortner Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Portner, Porter, Poertner, Portier, Bortner, Cortner, Ortner, Fortney

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Fortner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fortner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fortner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Fortner Family Origin

Where is the Fortner family from?

Fortner Family Occupations

What did your Fortner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fortner family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fortner. The most common Fortner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Fortner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Fortner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Fortner Historical Records

What Fortner family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Fortner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fortner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fortner. 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 Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Fortner. For the veterans among your Fortner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fortner Life Expectancy

What is the average Fortner lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fortner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Fortner in 1943 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fortner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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