Porter (name)

This article is about the given name and surname Porter. For other uses, see Porter.
Family name
Meaning "gatekeeper"
Region of origin England
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons:[1]

Porter (\p(o)-rter\) is a common English surname and also a given name. The name originates as an Old French occupational name, portier (gatekeeper; doorkeeper), or porteour ("to carry"). Its earliest public record is 1086 at Winchester Castle.[2] With transferred use, Porter also became a masculine given name with varied popularity. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, Porter ranked #433 in 1907, declined to #1002 in 1944, then rebounded to #476 in 2006.[3][4] People with the name include:


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Given name

Pronunciation pawr-ter
Gender Male
Word/name Old French
Meaning "Gatekeeper"
Region of origin England


  1. "Porter Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.
  2. "Surname: Porter". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  3. "Popularity of the male name Porter". ssa.gov. Retrieved 16 March 2008.
  4. "Porter — Name Meaning and Origin". thinkbabynames.com. Retrieved 16 March 2008.

See also

All pages with titles containing Porter

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