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 "The Makeover Baby Name Game".
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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