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This interesting surname has a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may have originated from the old French "fortune" meaning chance or luck and would have been a nickname for a gambler. In some cases, it may derive from the rare medieval given names Fortunatus (male) meaning prosperous or Fortune (female) meaning good luck. It is also Scottish locational origin from the lands of Fortune in East Lothian, composed of the old English pre 7th Century elements "for" meaning hog or pig, plus "tun" a settlement or enclosure; hence "pig enclosure".

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Ellen Fortune who married a Michael Pyne and lived in Arklow county Wicklow Ireland. She was my grandma and had given birth to my dad, Jeremiah in 1906. She died around 1922 ish. She was born around 1880 ish. She is buried in an unmarked grave in the old part of Glasnevin Cemertry Dublin.


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