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Fort Name Meaning

English, French, and Catalan: nickname from Old French, Middle English, Catalan fort, ‘strong’, ‘brave’ (Latin fortis). In some cases it may be from the Latin personal name derived from this word; this was borne by an obscure saint whose cult was popular during the Middle Ages in southern and southwestern France. English and French: topographic name for someone who lived near a fortress or stronghold, or an occupational name for someone employed in one. Compare Fortier 1. Czech (Fort): variant of Forst.

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

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 1891 there were 292 Fort families living in Lancashire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Fort's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Fort families in 1891.
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What did your Fort ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cotton Weaver and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Fort. 20% of Fort men worked as a Cotton Weaver and 64% of Fort women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fort were Incapacitated and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Cotton Weaver
  • General Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Private Means
  • Housekeeper
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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 the UK, 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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