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PronouncedPron.bu-RYEES Russian
BAWR-is English
BO-rees Croatian
BO-ris German

Meaning & History

From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
DiminutivesBorya Russian Bor, Borut Slovene Boro Croatian
Other Languages & CulturesBorys Polish Borys Ukrainian
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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute