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

The name Boris is a boy's name of Slavic origin meaning "to fight". Boris and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Boris

Boris Fyodorovich Godunov, Tsar of Russia
Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt), English actor
Boris Said, American NASCAR driver
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, Russian President
Boris Franz Becker, German tennis player
Boris Vian, French novelist, jazz musician and polymath
Boris Aronson, American theatrical scenic designer
(Alexander) Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, Mayor of London, England
Boris Mikhaylovich Moiseev, Russian singer and dancer
Boris Kodjoe, American actor
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Russian novelist
Boris Vasilievich Spassky, Russian chess grandmaster and World Champion
Boris Babacar Diaw, French basketball player

Pop Culture References for the name Boris

Boris the Wolf, fictional character that appears in the horror game "Bendy and the Ink Machine"
Boris Walleyska, main character on TV's "Alien Dawn"
Boris Badenov, a main adversary on "The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show"
Boris, a snow goose in the animated movie Balto
Boris Pavliovsky, character in Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch"
Boris, later Sparrowpelt, character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
Boris, Great Dane dog in the 2018 Disney Channel Original Movie/musical "Freaky Friday"

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