Porter An English and Scottish surname, drived from the Old French portier meaning ‘door-keeper, gate-keeper’. The porter was an important official connected to a castle or monastic institution, land and privileges were attached to the office. In 1890 Porter was principally found in Antrim, Down, Derry and Armagh, and the estimated number of bearers was 3,270. In the United States it is the 129th most numerous surname with an estimated 189,750 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 163rd most numerous surname.
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