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Fortune Name Meaning

English and French: nickname for a gambler or for someone considered fortunate or well favored, from Middle English, Old French fortune ‘chance’, ‘luck’. In some cases it may derive from the rare medieval personal name Fortune (Latin Fortunius). French (Fortuné): from the personal name Fortuné, a vernacular form of the Late Latin personal name Fortunatus meaning ‘prosperous’, ‘happy’. Scottish: habitational name from a place in Lothian, probably so named from Old English for ‘hog’, ‘pig’ + tun ‘settlement’, ‘enclosure’; John de Fortun was servant to the abbot of Kelso c. 1200.

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


Similar surnames: Fortun, Fortuna, Forte, Fort, Forton, Orton, Horton, Worton, Borne

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Where is the Fortune family from?

You can see how Fortune families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fortune family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fortune families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 314 Fortune families living in Yorkshire. This was about 29% of all the recorded Fortune's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Fortune families in 1891.
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What did your Fortune ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Fortune. 18% of Fortune men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Fortune women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fortune were Bricklayer and Household Duties.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    18%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Bricklayer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Household Duties
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Fortune. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Fortune. For the veterans among your Fortune ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fortune lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Fortune life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Fortune in 1943 was 22, and 73 in 2004.

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