Porterfield Family History

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Porterfield Name Meaning

Scottish (mainly Glasgow): topographic name from the hereditary lands owned by a porter (see Porter 1), taken as a surname by the descendants of such an official. Black suggests that they would originally have been known as Porter but extended their name when ‘territorial surnames’ became fashionable.

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


Similar surnames: Porter, Holderfield, Potterfield, Overfield, Butterfield, Winterfeld

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Porterfield Family Origin

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Porterfield Family Occupations

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  • Carter

    8%
  • Labourer

    8%
  • Bank Messenger

    4%
  • Cabman

    4%

In 1881, Carter, Labourer and Bank Messenger were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Porterfield. The most common Porterfield occupation in the UK was Carter. 8% of Porterfield's were Carters. A less common occupation for the Porterfield family was Cabman.

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Porterfield Historical Records

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Porterfield Life Expectancy

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