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Portugal Family History

Portugal Name Meaning
Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, French, and Jewish: ethnic name or regional name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale, originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales, named with Latin portus ‘port’, ‘harbor’ + Cales, the ancient name of the city). In some cases the surname may be simply a nickname for someone who had business connections with Portugal.

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

410,934 Historical Documents with Portugal on Ancestry.com
25,129 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
6,356 Military Records
2,100 Immigration Records
2,567 Census and Voter Lists
374,782 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Portugal Families

  • Number of Portugal families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Portugal families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Portugal last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Portugal census records

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Portugal Family Origin

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Portugal Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Portugal

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Portugal Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Portugal census records

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Portugal Civil War Service Records

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