Noble surnames, such as Portel, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Portel, 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 Portel 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 Portel is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.
Early Origins of the Portel family
The surname Portel 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.
Early History of the Portel family
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Portel Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Laport, Laporte, De La Porte, LaPort, LaPorte, Laporter, Laportere, Laporterie, Lapotre, Port, Porte, Porter, Portere, Porterie and many more.
Early Notables of the Portel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Portel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Portel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jaime Portel, aged 37, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)