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

Morris Origin and Meaning

The name Morris is a boy's name of English origin meaning "dark-skinned".

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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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.