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Laporte Family History

Laporte Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (and often was in charge of them; thus in part a metonymic occupational name), from Old French porte ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ (from Latin porta, ‘door’, ‘entrance’), with the definite article la. In French Canada it is a secondary surname, which has also been used alone since 1670.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Laporta, Porte, Laforge, Laprade, Laforce, Lapre, Laroche, Lapointe

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Where is the Laporte family from?

You can see how Laporte families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Laporte family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Laporte families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 1,444 Laporte families living in Quebec. This was about 88% of all the recorded Laporte's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Laporte families in 1911.
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What did your Laporte ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Couturire were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Laporte. 19% of Laporte men worked as a Cultivateur and 10% of Laporte women worked as a Couturire. Some less common occupations for Americans named Laporte were Labourer and Domestic.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Cultivateur
    19%
  • Journalier
    11%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Couturire
    10%
  • Servante
    9%
  • Modiste
    9%
  • Domestic
    6%
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Laporte. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Laporte census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Laporte. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Laporte. For the veterans among your Laporte ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Laporte lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Laporte life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Laporte in 1944 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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