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Portier Name Meaning

French: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, Old French portier (Late Latin portarius). Compare English Porter. The distribution of the name in the U.S., however, suggests it is either not of French origin or was brought in from another country, possibly Switzerland, where it is also established.

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


Similar surnames: Porter, Fortner, Mortier, Portner, Poertner, Fortier, Porcher

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Where is the Portier family from?

You can see how Portier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Portier families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Portier families living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Portier's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Portier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Portier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Portier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Portier. 33% of Portier men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Portier women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portier were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    33%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Fisherman
    11%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    34%
  • Laundress
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Portier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portier 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 852 immigration records available for the last name Portier. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Portier. For the veterans among your Portier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portier lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Portier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Portier in 1951 was 43, and 84 in 2004.

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