Portela Family History

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Portela Name Meaning

Portuguese and Galician: habitational name from any of the numerous places named Portela, from portela ‘passageway’, ‘gateway’.

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


Similar surnames: Portella, Portell, Portal, Portera, Portilla, Bortell, Porten

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Portela Family Origin

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Portela Family Occupations

What did your Portela ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Portela. 40% of Portela men worked as a Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    40%
  • Farm Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    20%
  • Bus Boy
    20%

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

Portela Historical Records

What Portela family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Portela. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portela census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Portela

Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Portela. 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 197 military records available for the last name Portela. For the veterans among your Portela ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Portela Life Expectancy

What is the average Portela lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Portela life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Portela in 1965 was 84, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Portela

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Portela 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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