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Portia Meaning and Origin

The name Portia (POOR-SHUH or POOR-TEE-UH) is a girl’s name meaning “pig” and is of French origin. The name comes from Porcia the feminine form of the Roman family name Porcius, derived from Latin porcus meaning: “pig”. Alternatively, Portia could also be derived from the Latin word portionem “share, part, portion” or from Latin word porta “gate; door, entrance”. In William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the character Portia is a rich, beautiful, and intelligent heiress. Portia was also the wife of Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The name Portia has become quite popular in recent years, particularly in English-speaking countries. It is often chosen for its elegant and classic sound, as well as its association with intelligence and strength (thanks in part to the character from Shakespeare’s play). Portia is a lovely name despite its meaning. It’s pretty, and sophisticated while bordering the line between familiar and unusual.

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