Porter

First Name
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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Porter

"Porter" is a name of English origin, and it means "Doorkeeper". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Por"ter
A man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who waits at the door to receive messages.

Etymology: F. portier, L. portarius, from porta a gate, door. See Port a gate

noun Por"ter
Senses
  1. A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire.
  2. [Forging] A bar of iron or steel at the end of which a forging is made; esp., a long, large bar, to the end of which a heavy forging is attached, and by means of which the forging is lifted and handled in hammering and heating; -- called also porter bar.
  3. A malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities.

Note: ☞ Porter is said to be so called as having been first used chiefly by the London porters, and this application of the word is supposed to be not older than 1750.

Etymology: F. porteur, fr. porter to carry, L. portare. See Port to carry

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
  2. Someone who guards an entrance
  3. A railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
  4. A person employed to carry luggage and supplies
  5. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
  6. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
  7. United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
  8. Carry luggage or supplies ("They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists")
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Porter

Porter Robinson is an electro house, dubstep, and synthpop musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Porter was given the name Porter Weston Robinson on July 15th, 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Porter Wagoner was a country music and gospel music musician. He plays Acoustic guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1951 to 1951. Porter was given the name Porter Wayne Wagoner on August 12th, 1927 in West Plains, Missouri. Porter is also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry. He passed away on October 28th, 2007.

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Porter Goss is a cia officer, politician, and central intelligence agency. His military service ended in 1962. Porter was given the name Porter Johnston Goss on November 26th, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

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Porter Hall was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1926 to 1953. Porter was given the name Clifford Porter Hall on September 19th, 1888 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. He died on October 6th, 1953.

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Porter Bibb is an investment banker and investment banking. Porter was born in 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Porter was born on August 24th, 1968 in Naperville, Illinois.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Porter

Gregory Porter is a jazz, blues, soul music, and gospel music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Gregory was born on November 4th, 1971 in Sacramento, California, United States.

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Alisan Porter is a child actor, singer, and blogger. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to 1987. Alisan was born on June 20th, 1981.

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O. Henry was a writer. O. was given the name William Sidney Porter on September 11th, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He died on June 5th, 1910.

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MacKenzie Porter is a country music singing and actor. She plays Piano and Violin. She was most active from 2007 to present. MacKenzie was given the name MacKenzie Lea Porter on January 7th, 1990 in Medicine Hat.

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Marina Oswald Porter is a pharmacist. Marina was given the name Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova on July 17th, 1941 in Severodvinsk.

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Jane Porter is a fictional character. Jane is also known as Jane Clayton and Lady Greystoke.

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How popular is the baby name Porter in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 38 0 38
1881 32 0 32
1882 28 0 28
1883 23 0 23
1884 22 0 22
1885 36 0 36
1886 24 0 24
1887 14 0 14
1888 37 0 37
1889 20 0 20
1890 26 0 26
1891 20 0 20
1892 35 0 35
1893 25 0 25
1894 26 0 26
1895 25 0 25
1896 26 0 26
1897 27 0 27
1898 34 0 34
1899 25 0 25
1900 25 0 25
1901 25 0 25
1902 33 0 33
1903 22 0 22
1904 27 0 27
1905 35 0 35
1906 24 0 24
1907 29 0 29
1908 31 0 31
1909 26 0 26
1910 40 0 40
1911 44 0 44
1912 68 0 68
1913 76 0 76
1914 97 0 97
1915 103 0 103
1916 131 0 131
1917 115 7 108
1918 115 0 115
1919 114 0 114
1920 120 0 120
1921 119 0 119
1922 101 0 101
1923 88 0 88
1924 104 0 104
1925 102 0 102
1926 76 0 76
1927 81 0 81
1928 107 0 107
1929 84 0 84
1930 78 0 78
1931 74 0 74
1932 75 0 75
1933 68 0 68
1934 59 0 59
1935 51 0 51
1936 58 0 58
1937 65 0 65
1938 70 0 70
1939 57 0 57
1940 61 0 61
1941 57 0 57
1942 73 0 73
1943 66 0 66
1944 42 0 42
1945 40 0 40
1946 53 0 53
1947 59 0 59
1948 46 0 46
1949 62 0 62
1950 54 0 54
1951 49 0 49
1952 50 0 50
1953 44 0 44
1954 42 0 42
1955 61 0 61
1956 53 0 53
1957 45 0 45
1958 38 0 38
1959 36 0 36
1960 29 0 29
1961 36 0 36
1962 27 0 27
1963 42 0 42
1964 43 6 37
1965 37 0 37
1966 38 0 38
1967 22 0 22
1968 31 0 31
1969 34 0 34
1970 30 0 30
1971 34 0 34
1972 31 0 31
1973 21 0 21
1974 21 0 21
1975 23 0 23
1976 16 0 16
1977 32 0 32
1978 19 0 19
1979 15 0 15
1980 19 0 19
1981 23 0 23
1982 28 0 28
1983 31 0 31
1984 24 0 24
1985 31 0 31
1986 26 0 26
1987 25 0 25
1988 25 0 25
1989 27 0 27
1990 36 0 36
1991 37 0 37
1992 37 0 37
1993 49 0 49
1994 73 7 66
1995 72 7 65
1996 76 5 71
1997 80 0 80
1998 109 6 103
1999 182 6 176
2000 208 7 201
2001 241 16 225
2002 275 11 264
2003 320 6 314
2004 344 8 336
2005 420 15 405
2006 565 12 553
2007 579 13 566
2008 594 20 574
2009 591 14 577
2010 618 17 601
2011 628 27 601
2012 676 33 643
2013 802 28 774
2014 897 40 857
2015 918 59 859
2016 795 56 739

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Popularity of Porter as a first name

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Popularity of Porter as a last name

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Common last names for Porter

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Porter U.S.
  White 68.57% 64.26%
  African American 25.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Porter

People with the last name Porter are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Porter

  • How Popular is the name Porter? Porter is the 1,912th most popular name of all time. As a last name Porter was the 159th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Porter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,453 babies born with the first name Porter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Porter to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Porter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 38 new born babies.
  • When was Porter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Porter is Friday, December 25th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Porter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Porter was in 2015 with a total of 859 babies.
  • Random Porter Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Porter ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 77 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Porter: Your name in reverse order is Retrop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rrtpeo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Porter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 163,054 people with the last name Porter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Porter? Porter was ranked as the 159th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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