Show ContentsLaport History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Laport, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Laport, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of France. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Laport family originally lived near a door or gate of particular interest, such as the gates to a fortified city or a unusually large or unique door. The name Laport is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.

Early Origins of the Laport family

The surname Laport was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where this distinguished family held a family seat in d'Ysserteux, and were members of the aristocratic families of the region. In the same region of Berry they also branched to Riants.

The family moved north into Brittany at Kerduault, and to L'Estang and to Cree'Hanton in Brittany. They became the Barons de Vezins in that region. At Crozon in Brittany they became elevated to the nobility as the Comtes de Crozon. They also branched to Dauphiné to the south east, to Anjou (Vellade), to Perigord (Lubignac), and Theil in Poitou. They also branched south to Guyenne. The Marquis de la Porte eventually became the Comtes d'Hust and held a family seat in the west of France at Saintonge, Angoumois and Perigord.

Jacques Laporte, born in 1621, travelled from Perche, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Nicole Duchesne, born in 1641, at Montreal in 1657. [1]

Early History of the Laport family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Laport research. More information is included under the topic Early Laport History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Laport Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Laport, Laporte, De La Porte, LaPort, LaPorte, Laporter, Laportere, Laporterie, Lapotre, Port, Porte, Porter, Portere, Porterie, Potre and many more.

Early Notables of the Laport family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Charles de La Porte (1602-1664), a French nobleman and general, Marquis and later Duke of La Meilleraye and Duke of Rethel; and Roland Laporte (1675-1704), a French Protestant (Camisard) leader, also known as Roland. Jean-Pierre Duport (1741-1818) was a French cellist, born at Paris, Nov. 27, 1741. Considered the best pupil of Berthaut. Soon achieved a great reputation in Paris, but after 10 years of success started on a lengthened tour through England and Spain, and finally in 1773, on the invitation of Frederick the Great, settled at Berlin as first cello in the...
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United States Laport migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Laport Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Laport, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • Jean LaPort, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777 [2]
Laport Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John D. LaPort, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • M. O. LaPort, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1822


  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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