Portman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Portman family

The surname Portman 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 Portman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Portman 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 Portman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Portman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Portman 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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United States Portman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Portman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Portman, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [3]
  • Christopher Portman, who settled in Carolina in 1679
Portman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Portman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [3]
  • Caspar Portman, who settled in New York in 1881

Contemporary Notables of the name Portman (post 1700) +

  • Richard Portman (1934-2017), American Academy Award winning sound engineer who worked on more than 160 films between 1963 and 2004 including The Godfather (1972), Paper Moon (1973), Young Frankenstein (1974), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), On Golden Pond (1981) and The River (1984)
  • Natalie Portman (b. 1981), Israeli-American actress and winner of a Golden Globe award and the Best Actress Oscar at the 2011 Academy Awards along with the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BAFTA Award
  • John C Portman Jr. (b. 1924), American architect and real estate developer
  • W. C. Portman, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate 8th District, 1890 [4]
  • Robert Jones Portman (b. 1955), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 2nd District, 1993- [4]
  • Eric Portman (1903-1969), distinguished English stage and film actor
  • Edward Berkeley Portman (1799-1888), British politician, 1st Viscount Portman, son of Edward Berkeley Portman (d. 1823) of Bryanston
  • Christopher Edward Berkeley Portman (b. 1958), British peer and property developer, 10th Viscount Portman
  • Rachel Portman (b. 1960), British composer


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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