Re: Vattis, Pfafers, SWITZ, 18th, 19th c.
We have researched the Gort's in Holland quite extensively, without ever finding any link to the Irish Gort's or the Swiss Gort's. The ones in Holland only used their last name Gort sparingly until Napoleon forced everyone in Holland to adopt a last name in 1811. Do you have any idea how the last name came into use in Switzerland?
For the Dutch Gort's you can check my home page at Family Tree Maker. Dutch Gort's emigrated to the mid west in the 1800's and can be found in Michigan, Minnesota, etc.