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Porter

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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 77 0 77
1914 97 0 97
1915 103 0 103
1916 130 0 130
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 62 0 62
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 29 0 29
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 207 7 200
2001 241 16 225
2002 276 11 265
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 675 33 642
2013 802 28 774
2014 896 40 856
2015 914 59 855

Want to know about the popularity of the Porter baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,652 babies born with the name Porter in the United States. That's more than enough Porters to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 38 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Porter" was in 2014 with a total of 856 babies.

According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Porter" ranks #81 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 26 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 2015. Across the entire United States a total of 914 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Porter" mean? The list below shows the origins of Porter as well as things modernly associated with the name Porter such as celebrities named Porter.

Origin and Meaning of Porter

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

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")

Other Inspirations for the Name Porter

Porter Airlines
Porter Group
Porter Library
Porter Novelli
Porter Stansberry
Porter Airlines Reviews
Porter Start Page
Porter Cable
Porter Robinson
Porter Goss

Alternative Meanings

P is for polite, naturally!

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

R is for reasonable, your understanding way.

T is for touching, the way you show you are.

E is for extra, those little things you do!

R is for righteous, you know when you're right.

Your name in reverse order is "Retrop". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Oreptr". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Porter born Jun 8, 1923

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 1450. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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