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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. PAWRT-man  [key]
Other Forms FormsPortman, Porter

Meaning & History

Occupational name for a gatekeeper, derived from Middle Low German port(e) meaning "gate" and man, or a topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town.
Added 12/14/2020 by General9696
Edited 8/11/2021 by General9696