John Porter

about 1585–
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

John Porter was born about 1585, in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He married Ann Allen about 1615, in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

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John Porter
1585–
Ann Allen
1590–
Marriage: about 1615

Spouse and Children

    Male1585–Male

    Ann Allen

    Female1590–Female

MARRIAGE
about 1615
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

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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