William Porter

about 1834–
West Harptree, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Porter was born about 1834, in West Harptree, Somerset, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Porter, was 35 and his mother, Phoebe Davis, was 27. He lived in Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and St George Brandon Hill, Bristol, England, United Kingdom in 1851.

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James Porter
Phoebe Davis
George Porter
Ann Porter
William Porter
Sarah Porter
Elizabeth Porter
James Porter
Phoebe Porter
Mary Porter

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World Events (8)

Age 9
Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1854 · The Crimean War
Age 20
The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children
Age 46
School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English porter ‘doorkeeper’, ‘gatekeeper’ (Old French portier). The office often came with accommodation, lands, and other privileges for the bearer, and in some cases was hereditary, especially in the case of a royal castle. As an American surname, this has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other European languages, for example German Pförtner ( see Fortner ) and North German Poertner .2 English: 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. This sense is from Old French porteo(u)r (Late Latin portator, from portare ‘to carry or convey’).3 Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch portere ‘doorkeeper’. Compare 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Porter in household of James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Porter in household of James Porter, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Porter - Government record: Census record: birth-name: William Porter

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