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The Porta surname comes from the Latin "porta" meaning "gate." As such, it was likely a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town.

Porta Early Origins



The surname Porta was first found in Venice, where early records of the Porta lineage are found in the city of Padua in 1253, with Giovanni-Battista Della Porta, who was Governor of the city.

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Porta Spelling Variations


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Porta Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Porta, Dalla Porta, Della Porta, La Porta and many more.

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Porta Early History


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Porta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porta research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1535, 1577, 1601, 1615, 1689, 1767, and 1801 are included under the topic Early Porta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Porta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Porta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Costanzo Porta (c.1528-1601), Italian composer; Giambattista della Porta (1535-1615), Italian, Renaissance scientist and dramatist; Guglielmo della Porta (d. 1577), Italian sculptor, who worked in...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porta 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:

Porta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benito Da Porta, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • I M Porta, aged 23, landed in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Memside La Porta, aged 44, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Antonio Porta, aged 27, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Bernardo Porta, age 28, who arrived in America on June 9, 1882, aboard the "Belgenland"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Porta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Giovanni Della Porta, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Porta (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Porta (post 1700)



  • Chester A. Porta, American politician, Mayor of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 1954-57
  • Ricardo Gregorio Faccio Porta (1907-1970), Uruguayan-Italian professional football player
  • Juan Ricardo Faccio Porta (b. 1936), former Uruguayan football player and manager, active 1972-1987

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    5. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    6. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    7. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    8. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    11. ...

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