Quick Facts on Porter
- English, French, Latin
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Doorkeeper; Carrier of goods
Characteristics of Porter
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Porter
Porter is the transferred use of an English surname with French origins and could be derived from one of two occupational names. The Old French word “portier” (from Latin “porta”) means ‘door, gate’ and would have indicated a person who was either the doorkeeper of a large estate or the gatekeeper of a town. On the other hand, Porter could be derived from the occupation for one who worked as a “carrier of goods”, from the Old French “porteour” (from the Latin “portār”) meaning ‘to carry’. First recorded as Portarius in the 11th century, Porter is one of the oldest surnames in England.
Popularity of the Name Porter
Believe it or not, the height of Porter’s popularity in the United States was well over 100 years ago in the late 19th century. As we entered the 20th century, Porter’s popularity was clearly on the decline and by mid-century in the 1950s, he altogether fell off the charts. Porter locked his own door and threw away the key for almost 50 long years. It would not be until 1999 before the name would reemerge. Porter is probably following so many other surnames-turned-first-names up the charts. Carter, Cooper, Connor, Tanner, Parker – these are all English surnames which originally developed from occupational names. Their origins are often rather working-class but that’s what gives them their down to earth quality. And yet many people think Porter is a pretentious sounding name. That’s what makes it an interesting choice. It’s both stately and plebeian.
Popularity of the Boy Name Porter
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Porter
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Porter
Porter We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Porter.
Popular Songs on Porter
Hey Porter - a song by Johnny Cash
Hey Porter - a song by Ry Cooder
Hey Porter - a song by Marty Stuart
Children's Books on the Baby Name Porter
Porter - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Porter.
Famous People Named Porter
Famous People Named Porter - Porter Wagoner (country musician); Porter Goss (former CIA Director); Porter Hall (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Porter
Famous People Who Named Their Son Porter - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Porter.
Porter - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Porter - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Porter.
Personality of the Boy Name Porter
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Porter