Gender: Female Meaning of Doris: "gift of the ocean" Origin of Doris: Greek

Doris Origin and Meaning

The name Doris is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of the ocean".

Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.

She may not look it now, but Doris was considered the paragon of grace when she was part of a group of s-ending names (Phyllis, Frances) fashionable in the 1920s, and it got another shot of life when attached to the perky Doris Day in the fifties. In classical Greek mythology, Doris is the daughter of Oceanus, god of the sea, who gave birth to fifty golden-haired sea nymphs.

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Ruanne Says:


This one is about ready for a comeback. It's sleek and streamline and classic. It's a feminine name, but not ornamental.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I am starting to love this name. I hope that it comes back into style, along with other vintage names.

Sarah Trett Says:


I love the name Doris and Dorothy unrated. I would love to see them return to the main stream, both have good meanings and both the older generations I know that had these names were outstanding women. If I was able to have another girl it would be Doris... Overdue revival!

Liberty_Bell Says:


I have a cat named Doris.

Michaela Says:


I dislike any Dor- names. They sound so clunky and sad. Dorothy/Dorothea, Doris, Dorcas, Doreen; Dorinda. All are obsolete.

MeganV Says:


I used to not really like Doris, but I've got to admit, Doris is starting to grow on me. It's got the D sound that I really like, and I think the -is ending is pretty cool.

lesliemarion Says:


Hard to imagine a wimpy Doris. I'd much prefer to be named Doris than Francibella or some other silly name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I really don't like this name. I can't see it on anyone younger than 60 too.

raevynstar Says:


I think it's a good name, and the meaning adds something more to it! My favorites list is where it's "written in indelible ink".