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What does Morris mean?

Morris Pronunciation of Morris [mor-ris] as a boys' name is pronounced MOR-iss. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Morris is "dark-skinned, Moorish". Anglicization of Maurice. Choreographer Mark Morris.


Morris has 12 variants: Mo, Moe, Morey, Morice, Moris, Morrey, Morrie, Morrison, Morrisson, Morry, Morse and Moss.

15 more different relations via Maurice: Maurids, Maurie, Maurin, Maurio, Maurise, Maurits, Maurus, Moricz, Morino, Moritz, Moriz, Morrel, Morrice, Morrill and Morriss.

Creative forms:
(male) Morce, Murris, ..

(female) Morri, Morsa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Morris Miguelangel (M.M.), ..

How popular is Morris?

Morris is a very popular first name for men (#278 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#56 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Morris reached its peak position of #95 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #1548. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Morris name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Morris outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Maurice (#621 via latest list), Moe, Morrison (#1835) and Moss are the prominent related forms of Morris (#1548 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Morris were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (average #991) and are now significantly less common (#1600, 91%), with forms such as Maurice becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Morris, Maurice, Moe, Morrison, Moss in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Morris and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Morris is alike in pronunciation to Marius. Other suggested similar names are Arris, Boris, Borris, Corrie, Corrin, Dorrin, Farris, Ferris, Gorrin, Harris, Joris, Korrin, Lorrin, Marcio, Marik, Mars, Merrick, Merrik, Merril, Morfin, Mori, Morio, Morrow, Norrie, Norris, Parris, Rorric, Terris, Torrie, Torrin and Torrio (see Torio). These names tend to be less commonly used than Morris.

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