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Fortun Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from either of two farmsteads on the west coast of Norway, named with Old Norse for ‘front’, ‘foremost’ + tún ‘enclosure’, indicating the frontmost of two farmsteads. Spanish: reduced form of the omen name Fortunato, Late Latin Fortunatus, from the Latin adjective fortunatus ‘prosperous’, ‘happy’. Castilianized form (Fortuñ) of Catalan Fortuny, habitational name from any of several places in Catalonia (Latin Fortunius). Slovenian: shortened form of the personal name Fortunat, Latin Fortunatus (see Fortunato).

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


Similar surnames: Fortune, Fortuna, Forte, Forton, Norton, Foston, Fort, Morton, Orten

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Where is the Fortun family from?

You can see how Fortun families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fortun family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fortun families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 21 Fortun families living in Quebec. This was about 62% of all the recorded Fortun's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Fortun families in 1911.
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What did your Fortun ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Fortun. 55% of Fortun 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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    55%
  • Laborer
    28%
  • Proprietor
    10%
  • Painter
    10%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Fortun. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fortun 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 836 immigration records available for the last name Fortun. 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 477 military records available for the last name Fortun. For the veterans among your Fortun ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fortun lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Fortun life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Fortun in 1959 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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