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Porche is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Porche family lived in Norfolk. Thae name could also be an occupational name. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. In this case, the term porcker was someone who tended pigs.


The surname Porche was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Porcher, Porchers and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porche research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1185 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Porche History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Porche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Porche or a variant listed above:

Porche Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marie Anne Porche, aged 30, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Porche Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie Porche, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1892

Porche Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julius Porche, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1915
  • Marcel Porche, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Claire Porche, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1920
  • Francine Porche, aged 26, who settled in America from Nevers, France, in 1921
  • Auguste Porche, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1922


  • Verandah Porche (b. 1945), born Linda Jacobs, an American poet in Guilford, Vermont
  • I. E. Porche, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1908
  • François Porché (1877-1944), French dramatist, poet and literary critic


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: Pro rege
Motto Translation: For the King.


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The Porche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porche 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.

This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 11:37.

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