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Gender: M Meaning of Morris: "dark-skinned" Origin of Morris: English variation of Maurice

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Morris is as quiet and comfortable as a Morris chair, and has the same vintage feel. Once a Top 100 name in the early 1900s, Morris fell completely off the roster in 1995, probably due to lingering fallout from his identification with Morris the cat's ("the world's most finicky cat") 9 Lives cat food commercials.

A more distingushed namesake is Morris (Mo) Udall, an influential congressman, and, from literature, Morris Townsend in the Henry James novel Washington Square, which was made into a movie titled "The Heiress," with Montgomery Clift playing the part.

The usual nicknames for Morris are Morrie/Maury or Moe; a more distinctive one would be Moss. Morrie Schwartz, subject of the bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie was born Morris.

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Famous People Named Morris

Morris Claiborne (born 1990), American football player
Morris Day, R&B musician, lead singer of The Time
Morris Chestnut, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Morris

Morris the Cat, advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, voiced by John Erwin
Morris O'Brian, character from the TV's "24"

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