The English and Scottish surname Porter is an occupational name for the gatekeeper of a walled town or city, or the doorkeeper of a great house, castle, or monastery, from Middle English term porter meaning “ a doorkeeper or gatekeeper” (from the Old French portier). The first written reference to the name is Milo Portarius who was a porter at Winchester Castle, in the "Domesday Book of Hampshire" in 1086. London Church Records list the christening of Edward, son of Thomas Porter, on September 14th 1546, at St. Matthew's, Friday Street, and the christening of John, son of Edward Porter, on June 24th 1599, at St. Stephen's, Coleman Street. Today there are approximately 158,000 bearers of the surname Porter living in The United States.
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