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Gender: M Meaning of Boris: "to fight" Origin of Boris: Slavic

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Boris is one of the old Russian names being revived by chic Europeans; it hasn't quite made a comeback yet in the U.S., but it does have potential.

For a long time the name has been associated with Boris Karloff, famed for playing Frankenstein's monster; he was William Henry Pratt before taking on the more exotic stage name of Boris--and the Karloff fear factor may have kept some parents away.

A Russian saint's name, Boris has other more benign and inspiring namesakes like German-born tennis champ Boris Becker and writer Boris Pasternak, author of Dr. Zhivago, as well as the early Tsar Boris Gudonov, son-in-law of Ivan the Terrible, the subject of the Moussorgsky opera.

Boris Trigorin is a main character in the Chekhov play The Seagull.

Famous People Named Boris

Boris Said, American race car driver
Boris Yeltsin, Russian President
Boris Becker, German tennis player
Boris Aronson, American scenic designer on Broadway
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Boris Moiseev, Russian singer
Boris Kodjoe, American actor
Boris Pasternak, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Pop Culture References for the Name Boris

Boris Badenov, a main adversary on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show"
Boris, a snow goose in the animated movie Balto

Boriss, Borris, Borys