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Noble surnames, such as Port, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Port, 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 Port 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 Port is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.

Port Early Origins



The surname Port 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.

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Port Spelling Variations


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Port 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 and many more.

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Port Early History


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Port Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Port research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Port History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Port Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Port Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Port Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Port Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacob Port, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Elias Port, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Elias Port, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • James Port, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • William Port, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Port Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Port, a bonded passenger, who came to Annapolis, Maryland in 1726
  • Peter Port, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Johan Jacob Port, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Port Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Port, who landed in Ohio in 1812
  • George Port, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • George Port, who settled in New York in 1812
  • James Port, who landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Francisco Port, aged 42, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Port Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Adam Port, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1781

Port Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. Port arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • W.J. Port arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Margaret Port arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Thomas Port, aged 44, a plumber, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Susannah Port, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Port (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Port (post 1700)



  • Richard Port, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1980, 1996, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Hawaii, 2008
  • May D. Port, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932
  • Fred Port, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1952
  • Edmund Port, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, 1951-53
  • Alexander Port, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Huntingdon County, 1877-78, 1881-82
  • Alan J. Port, American politician, Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1990; New Alliance Candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1992

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Port Historic Events


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Port Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frank Port, aged 32, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

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