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.
, 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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Prominent among members of the family was Costanzo Porta (c.1528-1601), Italian composer; Giambattista della Porta (1535-1615), Italian, Renaissance
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