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

The name Doris is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of the ocean". Doris and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Water and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

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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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Famous People Named Doris

Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff "Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff", American actress and singer
Doris May Lessing, British novel
Doris May Roberts, American actress
Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and biographer
Nicole Mourelatos "Doris Cellar", American singer of band Freelance Whales
Doris Elaine Troy, American R&B singer
Doris Hart, American tennis player
Doris Duke, American tobacco heiress
Doris Okada Matsui, U.S. Congresswoman from California
Hessy Doris Lloyd "Doris Lloyd", English actress
Doris Leuthard, VP of Switzerland
Doris Bures, President of the National Council of Austria
Doris Poppet Deakin, sister to Louis Tomlinson of band One Direction
Valerie Doris Gresham, daughter of singer Solomon Burke

Pop Culture References for the name Doris

Doris Thatcher, character in movie "Hot Fuzz"
Doris Vinyard, character from movie "American History X"
Doris Lydon, character from TV series "American Gothic"
Doris Zander, character from "Ouija"
Doris Walker, character in 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street"
Doris Miller, later Grove, character on Mr. Selfridge
Doris Elward, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Doris, Oompa Loompa from movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Doris, tour bus in film "Almost Famous"
Doris, the evil bowler hat from Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
Doris, 2013 album by Earl Sweatshirt

Dorita, Dorice, Doriss, Dorise, Dorrise, Dorys, Doria, Dorika, Dorrys, Dorrit


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".