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

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.

Famous People Named Portia

Portia de Rossi (born Amanda Lee Rogers), Australian actress
Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica
Portia de Rossi, mother of 16th-century Italian poet Torquato Tasso
Portia Dawson, American actress
Portia Ann Doubleday, American actress
Portia Perez (born Jenna Grattan), American pro wrestler
Portia Rosenberg, British illustrator
Portia May White, Canadian operatic contralto
Portia Umansky (b. 2008), daughter of reality TV personality Kyle Richards

Pop Culture References for the name Portia

Portia, character in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"
Portia Catonis, wife of Marcus Junius Brutus in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"
Portia, character in musical "Soomething Rotten"
Portia Gibbons, character on animated series "The Mighty B!"
Portia Bellefleur, character on TV's "True Blood"
Portia Quayne, main character in "The Death of the Heart" by Elizabeth Bowen
Portia Leach, daughter of Archie Leach in film "A Fish Called Wanda"
Portia Copeland, character in Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
Portia, minor character in 'The Hunger Games' trilogy

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Portia's International Variations

Porcie (French) Porcia (Spanish)