English from French occupational name
"doorkeeper or carrier"

Porter Origin and Meaning

The name Porter is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "doorkeeper or carrier".

It may surprise you to know that surname name Porter was fairly popular in the US in the 19th and early 20th centuries, then went underground for 40 years only to reemerge at the turn of this century and climb the ladder again.

Now, it's wobbling around the middle of the Top 1000 list for boys, not a bad place to be. Theoretically unisex, Porter is used seven times as often for boys as for girls.

# 506 in the US

Porter Rank in US Top 1000

# 792 on Nameberry

Porter Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Porter Popularity

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Famous People Named Porter

  • Porter Wayne WagonerAmerican country music singer
  • (Clifford) Porter HallAmerican actor
  • Porter James McCumberU.S. Senator from North Dakota
  • Porter Johnston GossU.S. Congressman and CIA director
  • Porter Hinman DaleU.S. Congressman from Vermont
  • Porter Ward LainhartAmerican NFL football player
  • (Orrin) Porter RockwellAmerican Mormon lawman and folk hero
  • Porter Weston RobinsonAmerican electronic music producer
  • Porter Rabachson of NFL player Casey Rabach
  • Porter Deruson of vlogger Julie Deru
  • Denaun Porter aka Mr. Porter and Kon ArtisAmerican rapper
  • Cole PorterAmerican composer and songwriter

Porter in Pop Culture

  • PorterYouTuber Kathleen Light's dog
  • "Hey Porter" song by Johnny Cash
  • MrPorter.comluxury menswear website
  • Porter RanchLos Angeles, California
  • Porter Scavocharacter on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
  • Porter Ricksdad in the film and TV series "Flipper"
  • Portermain character in film "Payback"
  • Porter Blackcharacter in 2011 film "The Beaver"
  • Porter Geissson of a poltergeist in "Monster High" series
  • Porter Gagecharacter in video game "Fallout 4"
  • Porterlittle boy on a fictional soap opera in an episode of "Seinfeld"