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Fortney Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Pförtner (see Fortner). Americanized form of the Norwegian habitational name Fortun.

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

Similar surnames: Fortner, Furtney, Forney, Horney, Cortner, Fortna, Gortney, Fortune

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Where is the Fortney family from?

You can see how Fortney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fortney family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fortney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Fortney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Fortney's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Fortney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fortney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fortney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fortney. 21% of Fortney men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Fortney women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fortney were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Fortney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fortney 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 571 immigration records available for the last name Fortney. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Fortney. For the veterans among your Fortney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fortney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fortney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Fortney in 1944 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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