"gift of the ocean"

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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Famous People Named Doris

  • Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff "Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff"American actress and singer
  • Doris May LessingBritish novel
  • Doris May RobertsAmerican actress
  • Doris Kearns GoodwinAmerican historian and biographer
  • Nicole Mourelatos "Doris Cellar"American singer of band Freelance Whales
  • Doris Elaine TroyAmerican R&B singer
  • Doris HartAmerican tennis player
  • Doris DukeAmerican tobacco heiress
  • Doris Okada MatsuiU.S. Congresswoman from California
  • Hessy Doris Lloyd "Doris Lloyd"English actress
  • Doris LeuthardVP of Switzerland
  • Doris BuresPresident of the National Council of Austria
  • Doris Poppet Deakinsister to Louis Tomlinson of band One Direction
  • Valerie Doris Greshamdaughter of singer Solomon Burke

Doris in Pop Culture

  • Doris Thatchercharacter in movie "Hot Fuzz"
  • Doris Vinyardcharacter from movie "American History X"
  • Doris Lydoncharacter from TV series "American Gothic"
  • Doris Zandercharacter from "Ouija"
  • Doris Walkercharacter in 1947's "Miracle on 34th Street"
  • Doris Millerlater Grove, character on Mr. Selfridge
  • Doris Elwardcharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • DorisOompa Loompa from movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Doristour bus in film "Almost Famous"
  • Doristhe evil bowler hat from Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
  • Doris2013 album by Earl Sweatshirt

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