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Gender: Male Meaning of Morris: "dark-skinned" Origin of Morris: English variation of Maurice

The name Morris is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dark-skinned". Morris and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation CAF (+ occupations)".

From the experts:

Morris is as quiet and comfortable as a Morris chair, and has the same vintage feel. Once a Top 100 name in the early 1900s, Morris fell completely off the roster in 1995, probably due to lingering fallout from his identification with Morris the cat's ("the world's most finicky cat") 9 Lives cat food commercials.

A more distingushed namesake is Morris (Mo) Udall, an influential congressman, and, from literature, Morris Townsend in the Henry James novel Washington Square, which was made into a movie titled "The Heiress," with Montgomery Clift playing the part.

The usual nicknames for Morris are Morrie/Maury or Moe; a more distinctive one would be Moss. Morrie Schwartz, subject of the bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie was born Morris.

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Famous People Named Morris

Morris Lee Claiborne, American NFL football player
Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr., American actor
Morris E. Day, American R&B musician of The Time
Morris, pen name of Maurice De Bevere, Belgian cartoonist
Morris "Morrie" Schwartz, subject of Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie"

Pop Culture References for the name Morris

Morris the Cat, advertising mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, voiced by John Erwin
Morris O'Brian, character from the TV's "24"
Morris, town in Connecticut

Morry, Morice, Moritz, Morrie, Maurie, Moss, Morriss, Morrison, Morey, Maurey, Maury, Morrisson, Morie, Moris


LostMargaret Says:


This is my maiden name and I kind of love the idea of using it for a future son. Especially with Moss as a nickname.

lizway Says:


Am I the only one who loves this name? While googling I found the town in Connecticut, and it's an instant winner for me. I probably wouldn't use it, though.