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Fortune Name Meaning

English: from Anglo-Norman French fortin a diminutive of Old French fort ‘strong’. Compare Fortin English: from the Latin personal name Fortunus or a variant of Forton . Scottish: habitational name from East and West Fortune in Athelstaneford East Lothian probably so named from Old English fōr ‘hog pig’ + tūn ‘settlement enclosure’. John de Fortun was servant to the abbot of Kelso c. 1200. This name also became established in Ireland from an early date and was Gaelicized there as Ó Foirtchcheirn. Altered form of French Fortin . French (Fortuné): from the personal name Fortuné a vernacular form of the Late Latin personal name Fortunatus meaning ‘prosperous happy’. Americanized form of Italian Slovenian and Croatian Fortuna or Norwegian and Slovenian Fortun .7: Americanized form of Dutch Fortuin: from fortuin ‘luck fortune’ a topographic or habitational name referring to a house named with this word.

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

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

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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 USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 114 Fortune families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Fortune's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fortune families in 1911.
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What did your Fortune ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Fortune. 44% of Fortune men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Fortune women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fortune were Farmers Son and Operator. .

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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
  • Miner
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
  • Housekeeper
  • Nurse
  • Operator
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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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