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Where did the English Porras family come from? What is the English Porras family crest and coat of arms? When did the Porras family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Porras family history?The name Porras was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Porras is based on the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The name Porras is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Porras were recorded, including Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.
First found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porras research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1st , 1611, 1617, 1683, 1677, 1679 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Porras History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porras Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Porras family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Porras arrived in North America very early:
Porras Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find
The Porras Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porras Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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