Show ContentsPorte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Porte family

The surname Porte 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.

The family moved north into Brittany at Kerduault, and to L'Estang and to Cree'Hanton in Brittany. They became the Barons de Vezins in that region. At Crozon in Brittany they became elevated to the nobility as the Comtes de Crozon. They also branched to Dauphiné to the south east, to Anjou (Vellade), to Perigord (Lubignac), and Theil in Poitou. They also branched south to Guyenne. The Marquis de la Porte eventually became the Comtes d'Hust and held a family seat in the west of France at Saintonge, Angoumois and Perigord.

Jacques Laporte, born in 1621, travelled from Perche, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Nicole Duchesne, born in 1641, at Montreal in 1657. [1]

Early History of the Porte family

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Porte 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, Potre and many more.

Early Notables of the Porte family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Charles de La Porte (1602-1664), a French nobleman and general, Marquis and later Duke of La Meilleraye and Duke of Rethel; and Roland Laporte (1675-1704), a French Protestant (Camisard) leader, also known as Roland. Jean-Pierre Duport (1741-1818) was a French cellist, born at Paris, Nov. 27, 1741. Considered the best pupil of Berthaut. Soon achieved a great reputation in Paris, but after 10 years of success started on a lengthened tour through England and Spain, and finally in 1773, on the invitation of Frederick the Great, settled at Berlin as first cello in the...
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Porte Ranking

In France, the name Porte is the 758th most popular surname with an estimated 6,518 people with that name. [2]

United States Porte migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Porte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Nicholas Porte, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 aboard the ship "Friendship" [3]
Porte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Porte, aged 27, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [4]
  • Francisco Porte, aged 42, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1831 [4]
  • Juan Porte, aged 36, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1857 [4]

Australia Porte migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Porte Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Fanny Porte, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sea Queen" [5]
  • Fanny Porte, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Porte (post 1700) +

  • Abdón Porte (1893-1918), Uruguayan footballer
  • Richard Julian "Richie" Porte (b. 1985), Australian professional road bicycle racer

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved on Facebook