What does Porter mean?
Porter [port-er] 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".
(male) Porer, Prater, ..
(female) Portera, Porteri, ..
How popular is Porter?
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 (#148 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Porter for boys. Porter reached its peak rank of #326 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #368. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Recommended names are Arther▼, Barber, Barker, Baxter, Buster▼, Carter▲, Cartier, Carver, Colier, Colter, Colver, Cortes, Cortez, Coster, Dover, Farmer, Farrer, Folker, Forster, Foster▼, Fowler, Fryer, Gomer, Gorten, Greer, Gunter, Horten, Hunter▲, Joyner, Konner▲, Kortes, Kortez, Loeber, Lorimer, Lorymer, Louther, Marmer, Mercer, Morten, Packer, Palmer, Parken, Parker▲, Parnel, Parton, Parvez, Paxten, Peder, Pepper, Percey, Perez, Petar, Peter▼, Pieter, Pollerd (see Pollard), Pompey, Poriel, Porthos, Potter, Powel, Procter, Purves, Pyotr, Ritter, Rodger▼, Rover, Slater, Topher, Torger, Turner▲, Valter, Vester, Walter▼, Werner and Wister. These names tend to be less frequently used than Porter.