This cool choice came from an occupational surname meant to indicate someone whose job was to guard the entrance to a town. Most people know a porter as someone who carries someone else’s bags, like in a hotel. Despite its working-class meaning, the name's got an elegant, formal ring to it. Porter gets a lot of play as a last name (Cole Porter, Billy Porter) but not too much as a first name—good news for parents who want their son to stand out from a crowd that's crammed with Noahs and Liams.
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