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Porterfield Early Origins



The surname Porterfield 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.

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Porterfield Spelling Variations


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Porterfield Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Porterfield, Porterfeild and others.

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Porterfield Early History


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Porterfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porterfield research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1604 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Porterfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Porterfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Porterfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porterfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Porterfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Porterfield, who arrived in Virginia in 1684
  • David Porterfield, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Porterfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Porterfield, who arrived in New England in 1749
  • Boyd Porterfield, who landed in New York in 1776
  • Boyd Porterfield, who came to New York in 1776

Porterfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Porterfield, who came to New York in 1807
  • Mathew Porterfield, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • John Porterfield, who arrived in Mississippi in 1846
  • Edward Porterfield, who landed in Mississippi in 1854
  • John, Moses, Robert, Thomas, and William Porterfield, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1813 and 1866

Porterfield Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Fanny Porterfield, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1847

Porterfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Porterfield, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Rebecca Porterfield, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Mary E. Porterfield, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Porterfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Porterfield (post 1700)



  • Daniel R. Porterfield (b. 1961), American academic, 15th President of Franklin & Marshall College
  • Shaletta Tawanna Porterfield (b. 1985), American model, Miss Wisconsin USA (2011)
  • Ron Porterfield, American Major League Baseball athletic trainer
  • Gordon Porterfield, American playwright, novelist, poet and teacher
  • Eugene E. Porterfield (b. 1946), American businessman and politician, Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1989 to 1996)
  • Robert Huffard Porterfield (1905-1971), American founder of the Barter Theatre in Austinville, Virginia in 1933 which later became the state theatre of Virginia in 1946; he was artistic director of the theatre until his death in 1971
  • Eugene E. Porterfield, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 39th District, 1989-96
  • Erwin L. Porterfield, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1960
  • Arnold G. Porterfield, American politician, Postmaster at Bluefield, West Virginia, 1955-62 (acting, 1955-56)
  • James Porterfield, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Fayetteville, 1791
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

    The Porterfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porterfield Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 09:23.

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