Last name: Porter

This interesting surname is of Old French origin, and has two possible sources; firstly, it may be an occupational name for the gatekeeper of a town, or a doorkeeper of a large house, deriving from the Middle English "porter", a development of the Old French "portier". Secondly, it may be an occupational name for a man who carried loads for a living, especially one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle, from the Old French "porteo(u)r" to carry, convey. The surname is distinguished by being first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 (see below), and early recordings include William le Portier (1190), in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire, and Nicholas le Portur (1263), in "Middle English Occupational Terms" of Surrey. London Church Records list the christening of Edward, son of Thomas Porter, on September 14th 1546, at St. Matthew's, Friday Street, and the christening of John, son of Edward Porter, on June 24th 1599, at St. Stephen's, Coleman Street. A Coat of Arms granted to a Porter family in Allerby, Cumberland, is a red shield, on a gold fess, three blue church bells, a silver border engrailed. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Milo Portarius, porter at Winchester Castle, which was dated 1086, in the "Domesday Book of Hampshire" , during the reign of King William 1, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Nicholas Porter

"Nicholas le Portur", cool!

Arthur Porter
My name is Arthur Porter. I am originally from Louisville, KY. My father was Herbert Arthur Porter. His father was Oscar Lazern Porter Orig. From Lansing, MI. His father was Marcus Lafayette Porter who was born in upstate, NY. His father was John Porter who was given a land grant for his service in the war of 1812. I do not have any further info.

Frederick Robert Porter

Regarding the name Porter.this name came over to England in 1066 with William of Normandy(william the conqurer).His name was Arthour le Portier,and he was Sergeant at arms to the Duke.The name is middle french for gate keeper in charge of a platoon of men who's job was to check all people coming through the castle gates.I have much more info about the porters and how they came to be in Scotland and n/ireland and the usa.i'll need to check my notes because it's many years since i started this crusade.So stay tuned .F.R.P..

Joseph , son of Joseph son of James
Scottish ,Glasgow' I was told by my Grandfather James that his great grandfather used to lead the Protestant parades in Ulster on horseback and thats where our Porter name comes from ,.Good site but I came across it by accident trying to find the origin of the word surname while researching the birth certificate debate going on ,[ is it a contract or not ] did your parents unknowingly bind u into title of the slave ,when he put the title of Mr and miss before your parents signature on it . stature for these titles is the lowest.Meaning you can actually be sold and come under commerce law the law of the sea , The law of the slave ship. This is why we are getting stopped by police so much and [fined] sorry [wrong word] NOTICE TO PAY! by a court that has no jurisdiction on land .Watch the secret films from court on you tube where a group called the sovereigns of state fill the public gallery and refuse the judge jurisdiction and and envoke common law , Land law.THE REAL LAW.

Minyeta Porter
I am from California. My fathers name is John Porter from Pittsburg, CA and his father's name was Robert Edward Porter who served in WWII. I have not been able to go much further because my fathers parents died when he was young...

Robert (Roy) Porter
My Name is Robert Porter and I live in Bangor,Northern Ireland,but originally from Londonderry now commonly called Derry/Londonderry. My Father was born in Scotland and My Mother had a famous name Sherrard connected with the 1688/1690 siege of Derry.

kent porter
we have traced our ancestor back to Hugh Porter who left Derry, Ireland in 1740 and went to PA. Was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Wife was Violet Mackey

Frank W. Porter
I am searching for the parents of my earliest known Porter ancestor. He was James Porter, who was born in 1781 and died in 1830 in Grayson County, Virginia. I believe his family came from Londonderry, Ireland and migrated first to Pennsylvania and later to Virginia. James married Susannah Elizabeth Keith. Any help will be greatly appreciated. You can reach me at

I'm a Porter and proud!

Chelsea Porter
Omg we're like a huge Porter family!

Brandon Porter
Im Going With Simon

simon porter
I've heard my porter name is from ireland and we are irish? But it says old french . Living in scotland.

Jon Porter
I live in the US and have heard that it is scottish

Fredrick Porter

I'm a Porter, and my Father oft reminded me, never trust a Scot. Just WHERE in the US do you live? That could be a clue to much.

Jennifer Porter
I have very little information on my surname. I know my father is David knotts porter the 2nd or 3rd. I know we are from England, Ireland, and Scotland. Would love any information anyone could provide.

simon porter
Hey jennifer I don't really know how it even works out. Because there Is different orgins does tht mean u get english porters . Scottish porters And irish porters? But still french how does tht work?

Diane Porter McCormick
Porter family from Pittsburgh, Pa. Father Konrad Porter, youngest of 7 brothers. His father George Rudyard Porter, his Father George from Germany and back to England. Still looking and will update soon.

Deborah Lee Porter
Hi everyone :) My name is Deborah Lee Porter and I am from Aotearoa, (commonly known as New Zealand). As far as I know, I am of English and Maori descent...hence the word Aotearoa from the Maori language...meaning Land of the Long White Cloud :) I am well searched in my Maori genealogy.....but yet have fair ways to know and understand my English genealogy. To fully embrace my Identity and is only right...that I acknowledge my past...of those before Ancestors...whom I descended from. I am happy and willing to share my genealogy with you the hopes that someone/s may be able to assist me on my quest :) Just to make mention beforehand, I'm not sure which of the 2 Williams...was actually Captain William Porter and sadly I am unable to include dates...yet. Wiremu Kevin Poata (William Kevin Porter) = Great-great-great-grandfather Wiremu Poata (William Porter) = Great-great-grandfather Te Auraki Poata (Alexander Porter) = Great-grandfather Arapata Bartholomew Poata (Albert Bartholomew Porter) = Grand-dad Poata is transliterated from Maori - English = Porter I do not know whom my GGGGrandfather William Kevin Porter married. My GGGrandfather Willam Porter married my GGGrandmother whom is of Maori descent, Marara Tupe. They had children, which were all birthed and registered with Maori names. Their 2nd youngest child, a GGrandfather Te Auraki (Alexander). Te Auraki married my GGrandmother also of Maori descent, Keita Waaka (Katie/Katy Walker). They also had children...survived by these some past when they were babies :( Arapata (Albert) Bartholomew Porter Ina Porter Reuben Porter My Grandad, was the oldest of these 3 :) According to my geneaology...there has been mention of my GGGrandfather William Porter...his Mother was of Maori descent, from a place in NZ called Matauri Bay, she was a Puhi = to a Princess of hierarchy, of Matauri Bay, and that William was named after his father...whom was also William Porter...correction...William Kevin Porter, my GGGGrandfather. Alot of my elders have since passed...and so sources and resources are scarce :( I am currently residing in Queensland Australia...and without limitations...the internet has proven to be useful and very resourceful :) I began my search for the origin of the name...which included a compilation written by William Arthur Porter, Sr and also surname Porter, which lead me to military records...which I had no idea what I was looking for...except the names William Porter, lol. Then it lead me to a Scottish origin of Porters...The Clan of McNaghton or McNaghten...which really was quite amazing to happen upon :) Then I remembered a story 'bout my Grand-dad...whom was of the Anglican Faith...which lead me to The Church of England...imagine that...awesome!!! Which finally led me to the geneaology site of Reginald Porter (Ralph Reginald Porter...son of William de la Grande...hope that's correct), which led me here. Wooooow, what an amazing journey...and I sense it's not over yet :))))) So there you have it my good brethren...I'm humbled to have searched and found not only this site...but most Family :) May God be with us all <3 <3 <3

Ciara Tonor
Hi im ciara and im from ballycastle:P

Sarah J Porter,Morlang
Hi my maiden name is Sarah Jane Porter, my grandpa was William Julius Porter from Porter Ranch New Mexico, he had brothers, Joe, Charlie and a sister whose name was Sally and they came from Georgia.

Sadie porter

I'm a porter

Douglas F. Porter
My name is Douglas Francis Porter, born in Texas, I never knew that so many Porters had the name Francis. Our family came from Slidell ,La., and later to Texas. My father is Donald F. Porter, and his father was Columbus Francis Porter. I have much to learn about the history of the Porters.

Michael Porter
I wouldn't worry too much, Stephanie, about the French origins of the name. It was first given to English servants who worked as doorkeepers for the Plantagenet ruling class, but the Plantagenets were a tiny minority, and they virtually wiped themselves out during the Wars of the Roses. It's 95% certain you're of ENGLISH descent. My favourite Porters are Rover le Porter who died in 1275 having fathered an estimated 40 children in and around Norwich, and Francis Porter, divine and historian to King James II, who wrote of Martin Luther: "In quo insuper recensentur præcipui cujuslibet sæculi, errores, adversi impugnatores orthodoxi; item recursus et appellationes hactenus ad sedem Apostolicam habitæ, cum notis historicis et copiosis indicibus!" Yeehaw! You get him told, Francis - you get him told! We Porters are an awesome clan, are we not?

Andrew Porter
you gotta do what you gotta do Andrew Porter son of william wren porter the third

My name is Josette R Porter who's family is orig from Texas My fathers name is Joe A Porter orig from my grandmother Dorothy Jean Porter from Corsicanna Tx whos dads name was Eugene Porter anyone out there related

Andrew porter
This Porter Surname doesn't make all Porters worthy of rationslizm shall we.

Stephanie Porter
Haha, I believe the Mark Porter who commented on this was my father... That's definitely his sense of humor. We always thought us Porter's came from England, so this is an interesting article.

steven porter
Hi, I am Steven and proud of my porter surname. My dad was Sydney porter and his dad was Bartholomew Porter both now sadly deceased. I live in north east England. Its a very interesting description of the porter surname.

William Porter
Hi, my name is William Edward Porter. my Fathers name was Raulston Alexander Porter, Born 1890. His Father was John Porter, His Grandfathers name was William Porter. All born and raised on Prince Edward Island. I'm a proud Porter.

Stephen William Porter
My Great great Grandfather was William Edward Porter and so was his father. His Father was William Porter and his father was Stephen Porter. Before that teh spelling was diffferent as in Portree or Porterie. My Great Grandfather was William Alexander. My father was John Porter. Our family crest was teh same as the old English threepenny bit. I am surprised to see so many similar fornames in your line. I am in Ireland and can trace my family back to England in the mid 1500s. I rather suspect the porters backed teh wrong king and were exiled to France for a 100 years thus supporting the French Hugenot Theory. I have not come accross any actual line of decendancy I can trace right back into France (other than the exiled Porter). Worth noting too the Portree spelling can only be found with female fornames and Porterie only with Male. Hope this helps someone elses research

HI Im katrina porter.from Derby East midlands England,my origin is from the north of Ireland / Derry city my great grandfather was David Patrick Porter from the Brandywell area, my grandfather John Joseph Porter came to England in the late 1950s ,my father Kieran is proud of his ancestry and there is quite a lot of Porters in Ireland and America and the first name of Guinness was Porter as in '' a jar of Porter''. yes i do believe the name porter derives from the french name Portier and we are the best clan in the world.

Robert Porter
I have been told that I am of Irish decent. After doing some research I believe my family is of Scots-Irish from Northern Ireland. I met a man from Northern Ireland a few years ago. He told me that there are a lot of Porters there. I also found out that the majority of Porters in Ireland live in Ulster Northern Ireland.

karen porter
hi im karen Porter im hoping to find family

ricky Wallace
Where are you from?

carol tost
Cool,like knowing where we;ve been in the past.My moms mom's maiden name is Porter and I've until now had no idea where we desended from carol tost as well as many family names

Ricky Wallace
Try the Porter Surname page and Porter Genealogy Facebook. My Porters were from North Carolina.

Robert Porter
I am from Kentucky but my ancestors came to KY from North Carolina.

Mark Porter
Still working hard and paying tax ha ha

adam william george porter
wow what interesting information

Gordon Porter
description is most likely the nearest to the truth instead of telling us a load of porkies about being descended from a noble house, and I am proud of my heritage

chris porter
es this is the best and most interseting description iv had.

is this chris porter who has cory and jamie as kids

Chris, what is your bio daddies name, if you know?

julie porter
yep brill name i'm a porter and proud!

frederick robert porter

You've every reason to be proud Julie.It's one of the oldest names.I am collating together more info on the Porter watch this space,F.R.P.

Richard Porter

Fredrick Robert Porter, I am very interested in the info you are collecting. May I contact you?