Boris Origin and Meaning
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 captivating 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.
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Famous People Named Boris
- Boris Fyodorovich GodunovTsar of Russia
- Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt)English actor
- Boris SaidAmerican NASCAR driver
- Boris Nikolayevich YeltsinRussian President
- Boris Franz BeckerGerman tennis player
- Boris VianFrench novelist, jazz musician and polymath
- Boris AronsonAmerican theatrical scenic designer
- (Alexander) Boris de Pfeffel JohnsonBritish Prime Minister
- Boris Mikhaylovich MoiseevRussian singer and dancer
- Boris KodjoeAmerican actor
- Boris Leonidovich PasternakRussian novelist
- Boris Vasilievich SpasskyRussian chess grandmaster and World Champion
- Boris Babacar DiawFrench basketball player
Boris in Pop Culture
- Boris the Wolffictional character that appears in the horror game "Bendy and the Ink Machine"
- Boris Walleyskamain character on TV's "Alien Dawn"
- Boris Badenova main adversary on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show"
- Borisa snow goose in the animated movie Balto
- Boris Pavliovskycharacter in Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch"
- Borislater Sparrowpelt, character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
- BorisGreat Dane dog in the 2018 Disney Channel Original Movie/musical "Freaky Friday"