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Portal Name Meaning

Spanish Catalan Galician Portuguese southern French and Jewish (Sephardic): topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town typically the gatekeeper (from a word Spanish portal southern French porta(i)l meaning ‘gate’); or a habitational name from any of the places in Portugal Galicia and France named Portal or in France Le Portal. Jewish (Ashkenazic): possibly a shortened form of Portugal .

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


Similar surnames: Porta, Port, Porte, Dorta, Portman, Corral, Portugal, Porto, Porras

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Where is the Portal family from?

You can see how Portal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Portal families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Portal families living in Louisiana. This was about 67% of all the recorded Portal's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Portal families in 1840.
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What did your Portal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Portal. 24% of Portal men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Portal women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portal were Owner and Veg Picker. .

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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
    24%
  • Veg Picker
    16%
  • Soldier
    16%
  • Owner
    16%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    34%
  • New Worker
    34%
  • Veg Picker
    34%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Portal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portal 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Portal. 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 950 military records available for the last name Portal. For the veterans among your Portal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portal lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Portal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Portal in 1953 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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