FORTUNATUS (fôr-tū-nā'tŭs, Gr. Phortounatos, blessed, fortunate). A Christian who came with two others to bring gifts from the Corinthian church to Paul when he was about to leave Ephesus in a.d. 59 (
FORTUNATUS for’ chə nā’ təs (Φορτουνα̂τος, G5847, Gr. form of Lat. Fortunatus, blessed or fortunate. Both Lat. and Gr. forms occur in papyri and inscrs.). A prominent member of the Corinthian church, mentioned only in
Some forty years later Clement (Ep. ad Cor. LIX) mentions a Fortunatus whom he distinguishes from his messengers to Corinth. The commonness of the name and the time lapse make identification uncertain.
R. C. H. Lenski, Interpretation of I Corinthians (1935), 797-800.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
A Roman proper name turned into Gr; same as Latin adjective fortunatus, meaning "blest," or "fortunate." Found only once in the Bible (