Port History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Port surname comes from the Middle/Old English word "port," meaning "a harbor," or "market town" As such, the surname is thought to have been a topographic name for someone who lived near a port, or a market town.

Early Origins of the Port family

The surname Port was first found in Hampshire and Dorset. The family claim descent from Hugo de Port who came to England at the Norman Conquest and held fifty-five lordships in those counties. [1]

A Hubert de Port was also a tenant in capite in Hampshire as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2]

Adam de Port or Porz (died 1213) was an English Baron, eldest son of John de Port and Maud, his wife, grandson of Henry de Port, lord of Basing in Hampshire. Adam reported to the exchequer in 1164, his father John being then alive, for about twenty-four knights' fees in Herefordshire. In 1172 accused of treason and of plotting the death of the king; he was summoned to appear before the king's court, disobeyed the summons, fled from England, and was outlawed. He seems to have returned to England at some point as he was fined three hundred marks for trespassing in the royal forests in 1176. He is said to have served the king in Normandy in 1194. [3]

From these early records, the family quickly scattered. "The church [of Upper Areley, Staffordshire], which is situated on an eminence commanding a fine prospect, was first built by Henry de Port, in the reign of Henry I., and was rebuilt in the time of Edward I." [4]

Another branch of the family was found at early times in Derbyshire. "The manor belonged to Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, in the reign of Stephen. It was given by Henry VIII., in 1540, to Sir John Port, Knt., one of the justices of the king's bench." [4]

Important Dates for the Port family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Port research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1480, 1541, 1486, 1517, 1522 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Port History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Port Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Port, Le Port, De la Port, Delaport, Porte, De Porte, Deport and many more.

Early Notables of the Port family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Port (c. 1480-1541), English jurist, born at Chester, where his ancestors had been merchants for some generations; his father, Henry, was mayor of Chester in 1486. In 1517 he was 'clerk of exchange in...
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Port migration to the United States

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 [5]
  • Elias Port, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [5]
  • 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 settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1726
  • Peter Port, aged 18, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [5]
  • Johan Jacob Port, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [5]
Port Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Port, who landed in Ohio in 1812 [5]
  • George Port, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812-1813 [5]
  • George Port, who settled in New York in 1812
  • James Port, who landed in Ohio in 1812 [5]
  • Francisco Port, aged 42, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Port migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Port Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Adam Port, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1781

Port migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Port Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A. Port, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • W.J. Port, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Margaret Port, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Thomas Port, aged 44, a plumber, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Susannah Port, aged 28, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Port (post 1700)

  • Whitney Eve Port (b. 1985), American television personality, fashion designer, and author
  • Michael D. Port (b. 1945), American former vice president, Umpiring for Major League Baseball from 2005 through 2011
  • Christopher Charles "Chris" Port (b. 1967), former American NFL football offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints from 1991 to 1995
  • Chalmers "Chal" Port (1931-2011), American college baseball coach at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina; he coached for 27 seasons achieving a 641–386–2 record including leading Bulldogs to the 1990 College World Series
  • Richard Port, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 1980, 1996, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Hawaii, 2008 [6]
  • May D. Port, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1930; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1932 [6]
  • Fred Port, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1952 [6]
  • Edmund Port, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, 1951-53 [6]
  • Alexander Port, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Huntingdon County, 1877-78, 1881-82 [6]
  • Alan J. Port, American politician, Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1990; New Alliance Candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1992 [6]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Port family

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 [7]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Stanley H. Port Jr., American Coxswain working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  8. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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