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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Borris, Boriss, Borys


paulapuddephatt Says:


I like the name, but not a fan of the meaning.

beachbear Says:


I will always think of Grandpa Boris from Rugrats when I hear this name.

Loveislife23 Says:


The name is pronounced "BOR-is" in my country, but I guess "ber-EES" is the Slavic pronunciation?

Zelliew Says:


That's how I feel about Boris & Horus

Vespertinerose Says:


Bar-ees, is the proper pronunciation in Russia. Which makes it quite shocking to see it on my German/Swede/French family tree. I do not get the same feel as other's do. When I hear the name, I a get a sense of a man who is Suave, Elegant, with a chic and Stately name. Perhaps, I am biased simple because I grew up knowing the name. :-)

Borislav Dyulgerov Says:


Boris is first found in written records in the case of the Bulgarian ruler Prince Boris I (852-889), who adopted Christianity
in 864 AD and imposed it on his people. His name came to be known in
Europe in relation to this particular act. Moreover, after his death in
AD he was proclaimed the first Bulgarian saint, and traces of his cult
during this period can be found as far away as Ireland. The Patriarchate
of Constantinople recognized the canonization of St. Boris in 923
AD.[4] However, Prince Boris was not a Slav. He descended from the
Bulgars. Among the Bulgars the name was known in its two forms: Boris
and Bogoris.

Boris started its worldwide spread with its adoption
by the Rus' Slavs from Bulgaria. Bulgarian influence over the Rus
started as early as the late 9th century during the reign of Tsar
who sent numerous missions north to the Rus to spread the Bulgarian
alphabet and culture. Bulgarian cultural missions intensified in the
century, during the reign of Tsar Petar and with them the spread of
Bulgarian names continued. It is speculated that the name of the
Bulgarian saint Tsar Boris I reached the Rus in the late 10th century,
likely during the reign of Boris II of Bulgaria (969-977),
great-grandson of Boris I. In 967 the Byzantines instigated the Rus to
attack the First Bulgarian Empire and it is probably around this
campaign that Vladimir I of Kiev marriage to a Bulgarian noble, who is
assumed to be a daughter of Peter I, i.e. sister of Boris II was

AmericanChick Says:


I get annoyed whenever someone pronounces this name "Bor-is," so it rhymes with "Horus" or "Doris" or "Norris." It is pronounced "ber-EES."

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


My parents thought I would be a boy and literally joked about naming me this, and I'm so glad I didn't come out as a guy, because I would've been burdened with this awful name. No offense to any Boris reading this comment.

mabespark Says:


I really dislike how this sounds out loud.