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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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Where is the Fortner family from?

You can see how Fortner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fortner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fortner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 12 Fortner families living in Sussex. This was about 34% of all the recorded Fortner's in the UK. Sussex had the highest population of Fortner families in 1891.
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What did your Fortner ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Fortner. .

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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 Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fortner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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