Early Origins of the Porterfi family
The surname Porterfi was first found in Renfrewshire
, where "in several monasteries, a portion of land was appropriated to the Porter. The descendants of 'John the Porter,' inheriting the 'porterfield' naturally took the surname from their office, until territorial surnames came into fashion, when they lengthened it into 'Robertus Porterfield de eodem,' the founder of a family of consideration in Renfrew" CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Of note was John Porterfield of that Ilk who obtained from James III a charter of confirmation of his lands of Porterfield in 1460.
Early History of the Porterfi family
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Porterfi Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Porterfi family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Porterfi family to Ireland
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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.