Porteous Family History

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Porteous Name Meaning

Scottish: probably a topographic name for someone who lived in the lodge at the entrance to a manor house, from Middle English port ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ + hous ‘house’, or an occupational name with similar meaning, from Latin portarius ‘porter’. Alternatively, as suggested by Reaney, it may be from Anglo-Norman French porte-hors ‘portable prayerbook’ (i.e. a book of hours), hence a metonymic occupational name for a scribe employed in writing such books. The surname is also established in Ireland, the earliest record of its presence there being dated 1563.

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

Similar surnames: Porter, Porte, Borders, Porten, Pontius, Portlock, Porto, Cordes

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Porteous Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Porteous name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


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Porteous Family Origin

Where is the Porteous family from?

Porteous Family Occupations

What did your Porteous ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Clerk and Attending School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Porteous. A less common occupation for the Porteous family was Labourer. The most common Porteous occupation in Canada was Farmer. 41% of Porteous's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Clerk

  • Attending School

  • Labourer


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

Porteous Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Porteous. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Porteous 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Porteous. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Porteous. For the veterans among your Porteous ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Porteous Life Expectancy

What is the average Porteous lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Porteous life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Porteous in 1956 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Porteous 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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