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Portner Name Meaning

German (also Pörtner): occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city or the doorkeeper in a great house castle or monastery from Middle High German portenære Middle Low German port(e)ner. Compare Poertner and Porter .

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


Similar surnames: Poertner, Porter, Fortner, Portier, Bortner, Potter, Ortner, Bordner

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Where is the Portner family from?

You can see how Portner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portner family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Portner families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Portner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Portner's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Portner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Portner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Portner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Portner. 20% of Portner men worked as a Salesman and 18% of Portner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portner were Carpenter and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Salesman
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Laundress
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Portner lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Portner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Portner in 1954 was 61, and 75 in 2004.

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