Porten Family History

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Porten Name Meaning

English: possibly a variant of Porton, a habitational name from Porton in Wiltshire or Poorton in Dorset; both place names are formed with an obscure first element, perhaps the name of a river, + Old English tun ‘settlement’. Dutch: habitational name for someone from a place named with Dutch poort ‘gate’.

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


Similar surnames: Porter, Orten, Doten, Porte, Morton, Orton, Wooten, Holten, Postel

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Porten Family Origin

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Porten Family Occupations

What did your Porten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Porten. 27% of Porten men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Porten women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Porten were Clerk and Laundress

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Laundress
    8%

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

Porten Historical Records

What Porten family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Porten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Porten 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 804 immigration records available for the last name Porten. 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 742 military records available for the last name Porten. For the veterans among your Porten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Porten Life Expectancy

What is the average Porten lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Porten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Porten in 1963 was 74, and 84 in 2003.

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