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Porter Name Meaning
English and Scottish: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English porter ‘doorkeeper’, ‘gatekeeper’ (Old French portier). The office often came with accommodation, lands, and other privileges for the bearer, and in some cases was hereditary, especially in the case of a royal castle. As an American surname, this has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other European languages, for example German Pförtner (see Fortner) and North German Poertner.English: occupational name for a man who carried loads for a living, especially one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle. This sense is from Old French porteo(u)r (Late Latin portator, from portare ‘to carry or convey’).Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch portere ‘doorkeeper’. Compare 1.Dutch: status name for a freeman (burgher) of a seaport, Middle Dutch portere, modern Dutch poorter.Jewish (Ashkenazic): adoption of the English or Dutch name in place of some Ashkenazic name of similar sound or meaning.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Porter Families

  • Number of Porter families
     747 - 1,491
     250 - 746
     1 - 249
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Porter families
     1,709 - 3,415
     570 - 1,708
     1 - 569
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Porter families
     379 - 755
     127 - 378
     1 - 126
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Porter Family Origin

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Porter Immigration Information

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Porter Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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