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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

Similar surnames: Portmann, Wortman, Putman, Polman, Notman, Portal, Gorman, Pittman

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Where is the Portman family from?

You can see how Portman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Portman families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Portman families living in Kentucky. This was about 67% of all the recorded Portman's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Portman families in 1840.
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What did your Portman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Portman. 19% of Portman men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Portman women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portman were Clerk and House Work. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Operator
  • Waitress
  • House Work
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Portman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portman 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Portman. 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 Portman. For the veterans among your Portman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portman lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Portman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Portman in 1955 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

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