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Port Name Meaning

English: from Middle English port ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ (Old French porte, from Latin porta), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town or city, typically, the man in charge of them. Compare Porter 1. English: topographic name for someone who lived near a harbor or in a market town, from the homonymous Middle English port (Old English port ‘harbor’, ‘market town’, from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French port, from the same source). German: topographic name for someone who lived near a (city) gate, from Middle Low German porte (modern German Pforte) (see sense 1). Jewish (from Lithuania and Belarus): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Porte, Pott, Fort, Ort, Post, Porta, Mort, Pont, Cort, Polt

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Where is the Port family from?

You can see how Port families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Port family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Port families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 19 Port families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Port's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Port families in 1840.
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What did your Port ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Port. 15% of Port men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Port women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Port were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Saleslady
    7%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Port. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Port census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Port. 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 Cards

There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Port. For the veterans among your Port ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Port lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Port life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Port in 1950 was 50, and 78 in 2004.

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