Meaning and name origin
Porter \p(o)-rter, por-ter\ as a boy's name is of English origin, and the meaning of Porter is "gatekeeper". English occupational name and surname as well as a French name used by persons who made their living carrying loads: "porter" in French means "to carry".
Porter is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1200 out of 1220, Top 98%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#129 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Porter for boys. Porter reached its highest rank of #326 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Potter. This name tends to be less commonly used than Porter.