Noble surnames, such as Potre, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Potre, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of France. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Potre family originally lived near a door or gate of particular interest, such as the gates to a fortified city or a unusually large or unique door. The name Potre is derived from the Old French words "la" and "porte," which mean "the" and "door" respectively.
Early Origins of the Potre family
The surname Potre was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where this distinguished family held a family seat
in d'Ysserteux, and were members of the aristocratic families of the region. In the same region of Berry they also branched to Riants.
Early History of the Potre family
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Potre Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Laport, Laporte, De La Porte, LaPort, LaPorte, Laporter, Laportere, Laporterie, Lapotre, Port, Porte, Porter, Portere, Porterie and many more.
Early Notables of the Potre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Potre family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pierre Laporte arrived in Quebec in 1727 from Saintonge; Jean Baptiste Laporte arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1720; another Jean Baptiste Laporte settled in Quebec in 1738 also from Guyenne.