Port Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Port name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Port. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Port Family Origin

Where is the Port family from?

Port Family Occupations

What did your Port ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • School

  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • Clerk


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Port ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Port Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 76,000 census records available for the last name Port. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Port census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Port. 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 Card

There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Port. For the veterans among your Port ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Port Life Expectancy

What is the average Port lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Port ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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