Portman Family History
Portman Name Meaning
English (West Midlands): status name from Middle English portman ‘townsman burgher citizen’ (Old English portmann). Dutch: from poort ‘gate’ + man ‘man’ an occupational name for a gatekeeper or a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a walled town. In North America this surname may also be an altered form of the more common variant Poortman. Americanized form of German Portmann .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press