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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective For"tu*nate
  1. Coming by good luck or favorable chance; bringing some good thing not foreseen as certain; presaging happiness; auspicious; as, a fortunate event; a fortunate concurrence of circumstances; a fortunate investment.
  2. Receiving same unforeseen or unexpected good, or some good which was not dependent on one's own skill or efforts; favored with good forune; lucky.
    synonyms: Auspicious; lucky; prosperous; successful; favored; happy.

Usage: Fortunate Successful Prosperous. A man is fortunate, when he is favored of fortune, and has unusual blessings fall to his lot; successful when he gains what he aims at; prosperous when he succeeds in those things which men commonly desire. One may be fortunate, in some cases, where he is not successful; he may be successful, but, if he has been mistaken in the value of what he has aimed at, he may for that reason fail to be prosperous.

Etymology: L. fortunatus, p. p. of fortunare to make fortunate or prosperous, fr. fortuna. See Fortune (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Presaging good fortune ("she made a fortunate decision to go to medical school")
  2. Supremely favored ("fortunate son")
  3. Having unexpected good fortune ("other, less fortunate, children died" and "a fortunate choice")

fortunate was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Latin

Notable Persons Named Fortunate

Fortunate was born on April 11th, 1844. He left this life in 1901.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Fortunate

Philip VI the Fortunate was royalty. He was most active from 1328 to 1350. He left this life on August 22nd, 1350.


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Fun Facts about the name Fortunate

  • How Popular is the name Fortunate? Fortunate is the 96,066th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Fortunate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Fortunate in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fortunate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1922 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Fortunate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fortunate is Saturday, June 3rd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Fortunate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fortunate was in 1922 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Fortunate: Your name in reverse order is Etanutrof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rtenatuof. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.