Noble surnames, such as Portell, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Portell, 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 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
The surname Portell 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 Portell family
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Portell 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)
- Clyde F. Portell, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Ste. Genevieve County; Elected 1964 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html