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Boris meaning and name origin

Boris \b(o)-ris\ as a boy's name is pronounced BOR-iss. It is of Russian and Slavic origin, and the meaning of Boris is "small; battle glory". Originally from the Tartar nickname Bogoris, then used as a shortened form of the Russian name Borislav. The name was borne by a ninth century ruler of Bulgaria who converted his kingdom to Christianity. Saint Boris (10th century) is known as the patron saint of Moscow. Russian playwright Pushkin and composer Mussorgsky both based works on the career of the 16th-century czar Boris Godunov, who became cartoon character "Boris Badenov" in "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show", resulting in a faint comic connotation. Horror-movie actor Boris Karloff; author Boris Pasternak; tennis player Boris Becker.

Boris has 4 variant forms: Boriss, Borja, Borris and Borys.

Baby names that sound like Boris are Baris, Borys, Borris and Boriss.

Popularity of Boris

Boris is a somewhat popular first name for men (#860 out of 1220) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#11912 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Boris compared with its variant forms and related boy baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Boris only.

Popularity of name Boris
Popularity of Boris