Fortune Family History

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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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Fortune Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fortune name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fortune. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Fortune Family Origin

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Fortune Family Occupations

What did your Fortune ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fortune. The most common Fortune occupation in Canada was Farmer. 30% of Fortune's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fortune family was Dressmaker.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Carpenter

  • Dressmaker


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Fortune Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 74,000 census records available for the last name Fortune. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fortune census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Fortune. 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 Card

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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Fortune Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fortune ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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