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 Portell 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 Portell is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.
Early Origins of the Portell family
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 Portell family
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Portell 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 and many more.
Early Notables of the Portell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Portell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pierre Laporte arrived in Quebec in 1727 from Saintonge; Jean Baptiste Laporte arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1720; another Jean Baptiste Laporte settled in Quebec in 1738 also from Guyenne.
Contemporary Notables of the name Portell (post 1700)
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