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Porta Name Meaning

Italian, Catalan, Galician, southern French (Occitan), and Jewish (Sephardic): topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town, from Latin porta ‘gate’. This is also found as a Polish name, with the same origin.

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


Similar surnames: Portal, Port, Porte, Horta, Dorta, Fort, Orta, Corte, Ports, Perna

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Where is the Porta family from?

You can see how Porta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Porta family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Porta families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Porta family living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Porta's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Porta families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Porta surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Porta ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Porta. 21% of Porta men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Porta women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Porta were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Porta. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Porta 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Porta. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Porta. For the veterans among your Porta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Porta lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Porta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Porta in 1949 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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