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 Family Origin

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Port Family Occupations

What did your Port ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Port. 28% of Port men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Port women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Port were Agricultural Labourer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Postman
  • Gardener
  • Agricultural Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic

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

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 the UK, 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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