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  • Agatha Sullivan (1735 - 1794)
    Agga Sullivan (born Ford) MyHeritage Family Trees Family Tree James Joseph Andrews - 22112013 temp2 in ANDREWS4 Web Site, managed by Jim Andrews Birth: 1735 Death: 1790 - Duplin Co., NC Husband: ...
  • Ann Fort (c.1730 - 1785)
  • Christiana Denne (c.1440 - 1536)
    Birthplace: Lympne, Kent, England Born Christian Combe of Lympne, an heiress, at Lympne, Kent. Therefore, likely married once before Michael, but I have no record of such. NOTES: "Christiana was bor...
  • Corp. Christopher Fort (1734 - 1843)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for MARYLAND with the rank of CORPORAL. DAR Ancestor # A201511 --- From his Find a Grave page: Corp Christopher Fort Birth: 1734 - Harford County, Mary...
  • Cornelia Fort, Aviatrix (1919 - 1943)
    Woman aviator Cornelia Fort was a Nashville debutante whose love of flying led her to become a pioneer in women's military aviation as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, which later b...

About the Fort surname

Last name: Fort

This most unusual and interesting name is of Old French origin, introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066. The surname has a number of possible interpretations; firstly, it may have developed from a nickname for a particularly strong person, from the Old French adjective, "fort", strong, brave, from the Latin "fortis". In some cases it may be from a rare Latin personal name of the same origin borne by an obscure saint whose cult was popular in the south and south west of France during the Middle Ages. The surname Fort, or Forte, may also be a topographical name for someone who lived near a fortress or stronghold, or an occupational name for someone who was was employed in one, derived from the Old French "fort" used in the concrete sense of a "stronghold". Among the recordings of the name in London are those of the christening of Robert Fort at St. Martin in the Fields, on November 8th 1626, and the marriage of Thomas Fort and Mary Handcocks at St. Jame's, Dukes Place on September 25th 1684. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Fegge Fort, which was dated 1200, The Lincolnshire Curia Rolls, during the reign of King John known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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