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Portella Name Meaning

Catalan: habitational name from Portella in Lleida or La Portella in Barcelona or Tarragona, so named from a diminutive of porta ‘gate’. Italian: from Sicilian purtedda ‘portal’, ‘door’, ‘pass’, presumably applied as a topograhic name or as a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word.

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


Similar surnames: Portell, Portilla, Portela, Portera, Montella, Portelli, Cornella

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Where is the Portella family from?

You can see how Portella families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portella family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Portella families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Portella families living in Texas. This was about 62% of all the recorded Portella's in the USA. Texas had the highest population of Portella families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Portella surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Portella ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Clerk and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Portella. 28% of Portella men worked as a Clerk.

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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

  • Clerk
    28%
  • Dyer
    19%
  • Baker
    19%
  • Laborer
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    100%
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What Portella family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 825 census records available for the last name Portella. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portella 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 894 immigration records available for the last name Portella. 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 280 military records available for the last name Portella. For the veterans among your Portella ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portella lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Portella life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Portella in 1963 was 71, and 63 in 2004.

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