Porthen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Porthen family

The surname Porthen was first found in Somerset where the name was derived from the trade or occupation of a civic officer. "The family of this name in Somersetshire, appear to have been eminent so early as the reign of Edward I." [1]

Early History of the Porthen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porthen research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1533, 1641, 1690, 1612, 1590, 1612, 1623, 1605, 1624, 1632, 1645 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Porthen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Porthen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Portman, Portmann, Porttman, Partman and others.

Early Notables of the Porthen family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Portman (died 1557), English jurist. His family belonged to Somerset, and he was in the commission of the peace for that county from time to time. In 1533 King Henry gave him a wardship, and he was one of the administrators of the will of Catherine of Aragon. [2] Sir William Portman (1641-1690), was a captor of the Duke of Monmouth and a descendant of the same Somerset...
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Australia Porthen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Porthen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora


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