Portman Family History

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Portman Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): elaborated form of Port. Dutch: from poort ‘gate’ + man ‘man’, an occupational name for a gatekeeper or a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a walled town (typically the man in charge of them). Compare Porter. American spelling of German Portmann.

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

Similar surnames: Portmann, Wortman, Putman, Polman, Notman, Portal, Gorman, Pittman

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Portman Family Origin

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Portman Family Occupations

What did your Portman ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Portman. 14% of Portman men worked as a Colliery Hewer and 74% of Portman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Portman were Labourer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Colliery Hewer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Household Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic

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

Portman Historical Records

What Portman family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Portman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Portman 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Portman. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Portman. For the veterans among your Portman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Portman Life Expectancy

What is the average Portman lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Portman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Portman in 1955 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Portman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Portman 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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