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Fort Surname Meaning

French Walloon English and Catalan: nickname from Old French Middle English Catalan fort ‘strong brave’ (from Latin fortis). Compare Lefort . French: from Fort a French form of the Latin personal name Fortis (from fortis ‘strong brave’) chosen by early Christians as a symbol of moral strength and steadfastness and borne by an obscure saint whose cult was popular during the Middle Ages in southern and southwestern France. Compare St. Fort . French: habitational name from (Le) Fort the name of several places in various parts of France named with Old French fort ‘stronghold’ (from the adjective fort ‘strong’). Compare Lefort . Czech (Fořt): variant of Forst .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Port, Ford, Mort, Ort, Forst, Forte, Foret, Cort, Gort, Font

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Where is the Fort family from?

You can see how Fort families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fort family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fort families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 14 Fort families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Fort's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fort families in 1911.
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What did your Fort ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Fort. 48% of Fort men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farm Operator
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Census Records

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Fort. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fort 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Fort. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 77,000 military records available for the last name Fort. For the veterans among your Fort ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fort lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fort life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fort in 1940 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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