Portia Origin and Meaning

The name Portia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "pig".

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 1940s, 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 aspirational brand – less refined image.

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

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Portia Rank in US Top 1000

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Portia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Portia Popularity

Famous People Named Portia

  • Portia de Rossi (born Amanda Lee Rogers)Australian actress
  • Portia de Rossimother of 16th,century Italian poet Torquato Tasso
  • Portia DawsonAmerican actress
  • Portia Ann DoubledayAmerican actress
  • Portia MunsonAmerican artist
  • Portia Perezring name of Jenna Grattan, American pro wrestler
  • Portia RosenbergBritish illustrator
  • Portia Lucretia SimpsonMiller, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • Portia May WhiteCanadian operatic contralto
  • Portia WoodmanNew Zealand rugby player
  • Portia Umansky (b. 2008)daughter of reality TV personalities Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky

Portia in Pop Culture

  • Portiacharacter in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"
  • Portia Catoniswife of Marcus Junius Brutus in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"
  • Portiacharacter in musical "Soomething Rotten"
  • Portia Gibbonscharacter on animated series "The Mighty B!"
  • Portia Bellefleurcharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Portia Quaynemain character in "The Death of the Heart" by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Portia Leachdaughter of Archie Leach in film "A Fish Called Wanda"
  • Portia Copelandcharacter in Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter"
  • Portiaa stylist and minor character in 'The Hunger Games' trilogy
  • Portiaa princess in the Barbie movie "Princess Charm School"
  • Portia Lincharacter on TV'S "Dark Matter"
  • Portia ScottGriffith, character on the NBC sitcom "Great News"
  • Portia Devorakthe Queen's sassy handmaiden on The Arcana, a visual novel app.
  • Portia Blakecharacter in Elizabeth Enright's children's novel "Gone,Away Lake"
  • Portia "Tia" HalstonCain, character in the Blackwood Security series by Elise Noble