Laporte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Noble surnames, such as Laporte, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Laporte, 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 Laporte 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 Laporte is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.
Early Origins of the Laporte family
The surname Laporte 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. 
Early History of the Laporte family
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Laporte 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 Laporte 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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Laporte World Ranking
In the United States, the name Laporte is the 3,930th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name.  However, in Canada, the name Laporte is ranked the 647th most popular surname with an estimated 8,005 people with that name.  And in Quebec, Canada, the name Laporte is the 304th popular surname.  France ranks Laporte as 266th with 14,278 people. 
| Laporte migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Laporte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Etienne Laporte, aged 35, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 
Laporte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Louis Laporte, who settled in Mississippi in 1820
- Louis Laporte, who settled in New Orleans La. in 1820
- Joseph Laporte, who arrived in New York in 1843 
- Jos W Fr Laporte, who landed in America in 1850 
- Alexander Laporte, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858
| Laporte migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Laporte Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Jacques Laporte, son of Jacques and Nicole, who married Madeleine Paviot, daughter of Jacques and Anne, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 9th January 1687 
- Paul Laporte, son of Jacques and Nicole, who married Marie Lussier, daughter of Jacques and Charlotte, in Boucherville, Quebec on 24th February 1688 
- Louis Laporte, son of Jacques and Nicole, who married Madeleine Masseau, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Quebec on 29th June 1696 
Laporte Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Pierre Laporte, son of Jacques and Nicole, who married Marie-Anne Jean, daughter of François and Marguerite-Madeleine, in Montreal, Quebec on 27th July 1703 
- Pierre Laporte, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Madeleine Fournier, daughter of Guillaume and Françoise, in Quebec on 2nd May 1707 
- Joseph Laporte, son of Georges and Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Cazavan, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Repentigny, Quebec on 10th January 1712 
- Jean Laporte, son of Louis and Madeleine, who married Marie-Angélique Lescarbot, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec on 9th April 1720 
- Jean-Baptiste Laporte, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Élisabeth Adhémar, daughter of Robert and Élisabeth, in Repentigny, Quebec on 9th April 1720 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Laporte (post 1700) ||+|
- Leo Gordon Laporte (b. 1956), American technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur
- Guy Laporte (1952-2022), French rugby union player and a sports executive who played as a fly-half
- Guy Laporte (1948-2019), French actor from Angers, France
- Major-General Paul-Marie-Henri Laporte (1878-1967), French general during World War II 
- Bernard Laporte (b. 1964), former coach of the France national rugby union team and Secretary of State of sports and youth in the French government
- Roland Laporte (1675-1704), French Camisard leader
- Leon J. LaPorte (b. 1946), retired United States Army General, former Commander, 1st Cavalry Division from 1995 through 1997
- Éric Laporte (b. 1976), Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly for the electoral district of L'Assomption from 2007 to 2008
- André Laporte (b. 1931), Belgian composer
- Pierre Laporte (1921-1970), Canadian politician who was the Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour of the province of Quebec at the time he was kidnapped and assassinated by members of the terrorist group, the Front de Libération du Québec (Quebec Liberation Front)
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- Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Paul-Marie-Henri Laporte. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Laporte/Paul-Marie-Henri/France.html