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Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. PAWR-shə
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Meaning & History

Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearean character.
Other Languages & CulturesPorcia(Ancient Roman)


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