Port Name Meaning

English: from Middle English port ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ (Old French porte, from Latin porta), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town or city, typically, the man in charge of them. Compare Porter 1. English: topographic name for someone who lived near a harbor or in a market town, from the homonymous Middle English port (Old English port ‘harbor’, ‘market town’, from Latin portus ‘harbor’, ‘haven’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French port, from the same source). German: topographic name for someone who lived near a (city) gate, from Middle Low German porte (modern German Pforte) (see sense 1). Jewish (from Lithuania and Belarus): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Porte, Pott, Fort, Ort, Post, Porta, Mort, Pont, Cort, Polt

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Port Family Origin

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Port Family Occupations

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  • School

    30%
  • Farmer

    11%
  • Servant

    7%
  • Clerk

    4%

In 1881, School, Farmer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Port. The most common Port occupation in Canada was School. 30% of Port's were Schools. A less common occupation for the Port family was Clerk.

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Between 1950 and 2004, Port life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Port in 1950 was 50, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Port

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