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Portugal Name Meaning

Spanish Portuguese Catalan French English (Lincolnshire) and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ethnic name or habitational name for someone from Portugal or who had connections with Portugal. The name of the country derives from Late Latin Portucale originally denoting the district around Oporto (Portus Cales named with Latin portus ‘port harbor’ + Cales the ancient name of the city). In some cases the surname may be simply a nickname for someone who had business connections with Portugal. The English surname is a rare variant of Pettengill .

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


Similar surnames: Portal, Fortuna, Organ, Porta, Porto, Ortega, Portera, Porte, Portman

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Where is the Portugal family from?

You can see how Portugal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Portugal family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Portugal families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Portugal families living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Portugal's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Portugal families in 1880.
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What did your Portugal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Portugal. 36% of Portugal men worked as a Laborer and 75% of Portugal women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portugal were Printer 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

  • Laborer
    36%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • New Worker
    11%
  • Printer
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
    75%
  • Bookkeeper
    25%
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What Portugal family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Portugal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portugal 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Portugal. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Portugal. For the veterans among your Portugal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Portugal lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Portugal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Portugal in 1942 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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