What does Portia mean?
Portia \p(o)-rtia, por-tia\ as a girls' name is pronounced POR-shah. It is of Latin origin. Feminine of a Roman clan name. Portia was used by Shakespeare as the name of a clever, determined young heroine in "The Merchant of Venice" who disguises herself as a lawyer to save her husband's life. Actress Portia de Rossi.
For more information, see also the related girl name Porsha.
Portia is a very prominent first name for women (#1151 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Portia for girls. Portia was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #716 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Portia and affiliated names. The only other popular alternative form of Portia is Porsha. Adoption of this girl name reached its highest in the year 1990 and is now much lower, with the forms Portia and Porsha becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Portia▼ is pronounced similarly to Porcha. This name tends to be less commonly used than Portia.