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Multiple Origins for the Surname Port


English


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.

Port Early Origins



The surname Port was first found in Hants 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
A Hubert de Port was also a tenant in capite in Hampshire as listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
From this earliest record, 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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Port Spelling Variations


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Port Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Port, Le Port, De la Port, Delaport, Porte, De Porte, Deport 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 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1486, 1480, 1541 and 1557 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)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was the Port family of Basing. Henry Port, was mayor of Chester in 1486. His son, Sir John Port (1480-1541) "the...

Another 28 words (2 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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Port Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. 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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