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Origins of the Porter surname

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What does the name Porter mean?

Porter is an English surname with Anglo-Norman roots. It is an occupational name, coming from the French 'porteur'. A porter would be the door-keeper, carrier or janitor of a castle or monastery (often a hereditary position). The name would be connected to an individual, but passed to their heirs and continued along their line.

Alternative variations of the name Porter

Porter, Portar, Poortar, Poreter, Poorter

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Where do most Porters live?

In 1921, most Porters lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Porters

How common is your surname?

143rd most common surname in the UK

We have 225,000 records for the Porter surname. The oldest one dates back to 1241.

Who were Porters most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Johnsons

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What are the most common Porter first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Porter family members

Common jobs for Porters

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Porters in 1921
Dressmaker

964

Domestic Servant

565

Cotton Weaver

545

Laundress

523

General Servant Domestic

460

Common Male occupations for Porters in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

987

General Labourer

835

Farmer

781

Farm Labourer

645

Coal Miner

618

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