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

Early Origins of the Portere family


The surname Portere 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.

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Early History of the Portere family

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Early History of the Portere family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Portere research.
Another 154 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Portere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Portere Spelling Variations

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Portere 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.

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Early Notables of the Portere family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Portere family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Portere family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Portere 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.

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