The name Porter originates from England. It has been derived from the occupational name for the gatekeeper of a town or the door-keeper of a large house, It is also an occupational name for someone who carries loads for a living, esp. one who used his own muscle power rather than a beast of burden or a wheeled vehicle. This sense is from the Old Flemish word ‘porteo(u)r’ (Late Latin ‘portator’, from ‘portare’ meaning to carry, convey). Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Porter’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as King Henry III reign, were a ‘Francis le Porter’, from England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘John Porter’, from Essex, England, emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1639. He died in 1648 having fathered one son. Today, ‘Porter’ is the ‘114th’ most common surname in North America.
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