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Gender: F Meaning of Portia: "pig, hog or doorway" Origin of Portia: Latin

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Portia is a perfect role-model name, relating to Shakespeare's brilliant and spirited lawyer in The Merchant of Venice, and is now also a Hunger Games name .

Another Shakespearean Portia was the wife of Brutus in Julius Caesar, based on a historical character. In the 1940's, when the name was most used, there was a popular radio soap called Portia Faces Life, the heroine being--what else?--a brilliant and spirited lawyer.

Portia is a recommended choice, even though some people might think you named your child for the car. Just don't spell it Porsche, which may sound the same but has a totally different and -- despite the posh brand -- much more downscale image.

Namesake Portia de Rossi actually started life as Amanda/Mandy.

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Famous People Named Portia

Portia Dawson, American actress
Portia DeGeneres (born Amanda Lee Rogers), Australian actress, known professionally as Portia de Rossi
"Portia de Rossi" was also the name of the mother of 16th-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso
Portia Doubleday, American actress
Portia Umansky (b. 2008), daughter Kyle Richards of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Pop Culture References for the Name Portia

Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Portia, in Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' trilogy
Portia, character in "The Mighty B!"

Porcha, Porchai, Porchea, Porscha, Porsche, Porschea, Porschia, Porsha

Portia's International Variations

Porcie (French) Porcia (Spanish)