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Ort Family History

Ort Name Meaning

Southern French: metonymic occupational name for a gardener or topographic name for someone who lived near an enclosed garden, Occitan ort (Latin hortus). German: from a Germanic personal name Ort, a short form of the various compound names with the first element ord ‘point’ (of a sword, spear). German: topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill or the end of a settlement, from Middle High German ort (see 2 above), in the transferred sense ‘tip’, ‘extremity’. In modern German the word has come to mean ‘point’, ‘spot’, ‘place’.

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


Similar surnames: Port, Ost, Ott, Fort, Ohrt, Orth, Mort, Ord, Cort, Ori

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Where is the Ort family from?

You can see how Ort families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ort family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ort families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Ort families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 69% of all the recorded Ort's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ort families in 1840.
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What did your Ort ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ort. 16% of Ort men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Ort women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ort were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Secretary
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Ort. For the veterans among your Ort ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ort lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ort life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1945. The average life expectancy for Ort in 1945 was 100, and 74 in 2004.

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