What does Boris mean?
Boris /bor-is/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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.
How popular is Boris?
Boris is a somewhat popular first name for males (#860 out of 1220, Top 70%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#11158 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Boris for boys. Boris was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #994 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)