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Origin and popularity of the name PORT

Origin

Port : 1: English: from Middle English port(e) ‘gateway entrance’ (Old French porte from Latin porta) hence a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town or city or for the gatekeeper. Compare Porter 1.2: English: topographic name for someone who lived near a harbor or in a market town from a homonymous Middle English port(e) (Old English port ‘harbor market town’ from Latin portus ‘harbor haven’ reinforced in Middle English by Old French port from the same source).3: English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Port‐en‐Bessin (Calvados) which is recorded as Portu in 1035–36. The placename derives from Latin portus ‘port harbour haven’.4: German: topographic name for someone who lived near a (city) gate from Middle Low German porte (modern German Pforte) (see 1 above).5: French (mainly Lorraine): habitational name from a place named Port e.g. in Meurthe-et-Moselle.6: Jewish (from Lithuania and Belarus): metonymic occupational from Belorussian port ‘thread of hemp or flax’; ‘kind of cloth shawl’.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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