Explore the Family Name Fortin

The meaning of Fortin

1. French: from a pet form of the personal name Fort 2, or a diminutive of the nickname Fort 1 ‘strong, brave’. Compare Footer, Fortune, and Furtaw. 2. English: variant of Fortune. History: Julien Fortin dit Bellefontaine from Saint-Cosme-en-Vairais in Sarthe, France, married Geneviève Gamache in Quebec City, QC, in 1652. His descendants also bear altered forms of the surname, such as Footer, Fortune, and Furtaw. Some characteristic forenames: French Marcel, Andre, Armand, Lucien, Fernand, Laurent, Pierre, Jacques, Normand, Yvon, Adrien, Alain.

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How common is the last name Fortin in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Fortin saw a slight decrease in popularity ranking between 2000 and 2010. It went from rank 3894 to 4029, representing a change of -3.47. However, the actual count of individuals with this last name increased to 8814 in 2010 from 8379 in 2000, marking an increase of 5.19. The proportion of the surname per 100k people also dipped slightly by -3.86.

Proportion per 100k3.112.99-3.86%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Fortin

In terms of ethnicity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows a noticeable shift. The percentage of those identifying as White with the surname Fortin decreased from 92.92 in 2000 to 89.22 in 2010. Conversely, there was a significant increase in the Hispanic representation under the Fortin surname, rising from 2.73 in 2000 to 5.38 in 2010, a change of 97.07. There were also mild increases for other ethnic identities such as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, and those identifying with two or more races. The percentage of Asian/Pacific Islanders increased by 15.24, Blacks by 52.87, and those with two or more races by 25.76. American Indian and Alaskan Native representation remained almost constant with a minor increase of 1.96.

Asian/Pacific Islander1.64%1.89%15.24%
Two or More Races1.32%1.66%25.76%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.51%0.52%1.96%

Fortin ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Fortin is British & Irish, which comprises 36.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (33.1%) and Spanish & Portuguese (7.7%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Eastern European, Indigenous American, Scandinavian, and Korean.

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British & Irish36.8%
French & German33.1%
Spanish & Portuguese7.7%

Possible origins of the surname Fortin

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Fortin have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom66.00%
Greater London, United Kingdom66.00%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom65.10%
Merseyside, United Kingdom64.70%
Lancashire, United Kingdom63.70%

What Fortin haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Fortin is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L51 and E-P179, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mattingly, Jewett, Landry, Haskell, Whiteside, Ogle, Boudreaux, Peabody, Maddux, Gagnon.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Fortin surname are: K1a, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

fortinPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Fortin have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Fortin" Surname 52.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Fortin" Surname 33.3%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Fortin" Surname 22.6%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Fortin" Surname 19.0%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Fortin?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Fortin are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%