What does Porter mean?
Porter \p(o)-rter, por-ter\ as a boys' 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 men (#1200 out of 1220, Top 98%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#129 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Porter for boys. Porter reached its peak rank of #326 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #368. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Potter. This name tends to be less frequently used than Porter.