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Re: Is the Fort name headed for extinction?
Posted by: Wendy Fort (ID *****4542) Date: January 15, 2011 at 09:18:45
In Reply to: Is the Fort name headed for extinction? by Thomas Fort of 1029

This is an interesting question. My older brother, my only sibling, is in his 40s, is not married and has no children. I have kept my Fort name, but my only child, a girl, carries my husband's surname.

Of my father's 6 siblings, 4 are male, but only 2 (Roy, the elder, and Stanley, the younger) had male children. One of those sons (Stanley's) has two sons of his own, but I don't know if either of them are married yet. Roy also had 2 sons, one of whom has a son of his own. I have very little information on my Uncle Roy's family branch, so that is as much as I know.

So it seems of the 7 children of Wesley C. Fort and Lula E. Agnes Nicholson, there are only 3 third-generation possibilities for the continuation of the Fort name.

It is also interesting to note that though Wesley and Agnes's male children outnumbered their female children 5-2, their female Fort grandchildren outnumber male Fort grandchildren 9-4, and their 2 daughters produced (along with 4 girls) 5 boys between them to carry on their husband's names.

One reason I kept my maiden name was because I consider it to be more unique than my husband's surname. Unique is good, but I certainly don't want the Fort name to die out completely.

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