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Porter sounds trendy and cool as a first name, but it was actually a popular baby name in America until 1955. The name is now a top 500 option again, however. This is one of the few European surnames that is primarily for one gender, and it continues to become more popular.

Meaning of the name Porter:

French: doorkeeper
English: doorkeeper

Origin of the name Porter:

Porter is a baby boy name that was once a surname in France and England. It was an occupational family name for those who were doorkeepers. The name has been in use as a first name for well over a century, however.

Symbolism of the name Porter:

The baby name Porter comes from the French word “porte” that means “door.” This word actually comes from the Latin word “porta” that also means “door.”

Baby name Porter

Style of the name Porter:

Traditional

Gender of the name Porter:

Porter is primarily a name for baby boys.

Pronunciation of the name Porter:

PAWR-ter

Number of syllables in the name Porter:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Porter:

Porter is a name that is wholesome and strong. It is approachable and simple.

Alternative spellings for the name Porter:

  • Portar
  • Poarter
  • Poartar

Nicknames for the name Porter:

  • Port
  • Porty
  • Portie
  • Po
  • Por

Popularity of the name Porter:

The baby name Porter was a top 1,000 name on the Social Security Index until 1955. It did not find a place on the list again until 1999 at rank 862. As of 2020, Porter is a top 500 option at rank 423 for boys.

Related names for the name Porter:

Great middle names for Porter and their meanings:

  • James (supplanter)
  • Bryant (strong)
  • Eli (high, elevated)
  • Flynn (descendent of Flann)
  • Simon (listen, hearing)
  • Owen (young warrior, noble)
  • Nathan (gift of God)
  • Tobias (Jehovah is good)

Famous people with the name Porter:

  • Porter McConnell (child of Mitch McConnell)

Porters in popular culture:

No current fictional characters or popular culture references exist for the baby name Porter. It is seen as a last name in popular culture, such as Jane Porter from “Tarzan.”