Porterfi History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Porterfi family
The surname Porterfi was first found in Cornwall
, where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Porterfi family
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Early Notables of the Porterfi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Porterfi family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David Porterfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1684; David Porterfeild, who arrived in Virginia in 1700; Boyd Porterfield, who came to New York in 1776.
The Porterfi Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sub pondere sursum
Motto Translation: Beneath my load (I look) upward.
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