The Scottish and Irish surname Porterfield, mainly found around Glasgow, is a topographic name from the hereditary lands owned by a porter, taken as a surname by the descendants of such an official. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1684 when David Porterfield arrived in Virginia. The USS Porterfield was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the United States Navy, named for Rear Admiral Lewis B. Porterfield(1879–1942). Today there are approximately 7,000 bearers of the name Porterfield living in the US.
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