English variation of Maurice

Morris Origin and Meaning

The name Morris is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dark-skinned".

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.

# 977 in the US

Morris Rank in US Top 1000

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Morris Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Morris

  • Morris Lee ClaiborneAmerican NFL football player
  • Morris Lamont ChestnutJr., American actor
  • Morris E. DayAmerican R&B musician of The Time
  • Morrispen name of Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist
  • Morris "Morrie" Schwartzsubject of Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie"

Morris in Pop Culture

  • Morris the Catadvertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, voiced by John Erwin
  • Morris O'Briancharacter from the TV's "24"
  • Morristown in Connecticut

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