Laporte Family History

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Laporte Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (and often was in charge of them; thus in part a metonymic occupational name), from Old French porte ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ (from Latin porta, ‘door’, ‘entrance’), with the definite article la. In French Canada it is a secondary surname, which has also been used alone since 1670.

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

Similar surnames: Laporta, Porte, Laforge, Laprade, Laforce, Lapre, Laroche, Lapointe

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Laporte Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Laporte name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Laporte. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


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Laporte Family Origin

Where is the Laporte family from?

Laporte Family Occupations

What did your Laporte ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Laporte family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Laporte. The most common Laporte occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Laporte's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Butcher

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Laporte ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Laporte Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Laporte. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laporte census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Laporte. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Laporte. For the veterans among your Laporte ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Laporte Life Expectancy

What is the average Laporte lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Laporte life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Laporte in 1944 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Laporte ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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