Meaning and name origin
Portia \p(o)-rtia, por-tia\ as a girl's 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 popular first name for females (#1151 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Portia for girls. Portia reached its highest rank of #716 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Portia and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Portia and Porsha. (2014 statistics).
Portia▼ is also pronounced similarly to Porcha. This name tends to be less commonly used than Portia.