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Boris is a Bulgarian name. The first known Boris in history is the Bulgarian king Boris I. Boris, the son of Vladimir, the Russian prince, got his name from the Bulgarian Boris in honor of the christianization of Kievan Rus. Kievan Rus accepted Orthodox Christianity through the Bulgarians.
rositsa  12/2/2004
The standard Russian pronunciation of the name Boris is actually bor-EES. [noted -ed]
icarusmonkey  5/4/2005
Boris is one of the villains of the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons.
breakofday  12/30/2005
According to other sources the name "Boris" is of Turko-Altaen origin and would have meant "tiger". The name 'Borislav' is a derivative of the initial name (adding the suffix "-slav", which means glory, is common for slavic names).
There were 3 Bulgarian kings with the name Boris. The last Bulgarian king was Boris III, who contributed in saving the Bulgarian Jewish population during World War II.
slobodan  1/24/2006
I terribly dislike the name Boris. It's like...urgh. It's to names what cabbage is to food. Boris always make me think of cabbage for some reason, I don't know why. It's just an ugly name: it sounds ugly, it looks ugly written down and it makes you think of someone's mad old great uncle who smokes like a chimney with a burning lust for cancer. I know all of these are unjustified and there are probably plenty of nice Borises, but that's just the image the name conjures up for me.
― Anonymous User  2/10/2006
In the movie Van Helsing, there is a character named Boris Velerios.
KatrinaLee  3/31/2006
Also Serbian.
Carnaval  5/16/2006
I hear the name Boris and I get that silly song in my head "Boris the spider, creepy crawly, creepy crawly" uggh.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
And when I hear this name, it doesn't make me think crazy old guy, rather a stately and distiguished (Russian or eastern Europian) person. This can also be a last name.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Boris here:
_satu_  10/24/2006
Purely, completely Bulgarian name. The first Boris ever known in history is the Bulgarian ruler Boris I Mihail!
julia_says  12/7/2006
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (Russian: Борис Леонидович Пастернак) (February 10, 1890 [O.S. January 29] – May 30, 1960) was a Russian poet, writer best known in the West for his epic novel Doctor Zhivago, a tragedy whose events span the last period of Czarist Russia and the early days of the Soviet Union, and first published in Italy (in translation) in 1957. It is as a poet, however, that he is most celebrated in Russia. My Sister Life, written by Pasternak in 1917, is arguably the most influential collection of poetry published in Russian in the 20th century.
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Boris Vian (March 10, 1920 – June 23, 1959) was a French writer, poet, singer, and musician, who also wrote under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan. He was born in Ville-d'Avray, near Paris, and educated at the École Centrale Paris. His works were often highly controversial, but his writing and performance of jazz songs gained the admiration of many famous names.
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин) (born February 1, 1931) was the first President of Russia from 1991 to 1999.
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887 in East Dulwich, London, England – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who immigrated to Canada in the 1910's, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of the Monster in 1931's "Frankenstein". His popularity following "Frankenstein" in the early 1930s was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as "Karloff" or, on some movie posters, "Karloff the Uncanny".
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Boris Franz Becker (b. November 22, 1967 in Leimen, Germany) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany. He is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17. Since he retired from the professional tour, media work and colourful aspects of his personal life have kept him in the headlines.
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
Boris Feodorovich Godunov (Бори́с Фёдорович Годуно́в) (c. 1551 – April 13, 1605) was de facto regent of Russia from 1584 to 1598 and then the first non-Rurikid tsar from 1598 to 1605.
sweetbabe  12/17/2006
One of Tommy's grandfathers on the Rugrats was named Boris.

Sadly, he's the first one I think of when I hear the name.
Evil  7/6/2007
Boris was the name of the goose in the Balto movies.
ShizukoChan  7/28/2007
Boris Drubetskoy is a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel "War and Peace."
Kate  9/14/2007
BORIS! This is one of those names that I'd never use on any of my future children, but it's still great. If I ever got a fish, I'd name it Boris.
Penneyperson  2/14/2008
Boris is either a stout, friendly person or a circus bear. Both are appealing.
gio2475  7/6/2008
Boris Johnson (b. 1964), British politician and editor of the Conservative political periodical "The Spectator", was elected Lord Mayor of London in 2008. His full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Jonquil  9/16/2008
Widely used in Croatia as well. [noted -ed]
goricar  12/4/2009
Boris is a Japanese musical group, known for their genre-hopping in between and on records.
Aureliano  2/26/2010
'Boris Gudunov' spectacular Russian opera - music by Modest Mussoursky.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2010
American NASCAR driver Boris Said (that's really his name) is a famous bearer.
His devoted fans wear wigs that look like Boris' hair and call themselves "Said heads".
Dancing_Dragonfly  1/20/2011
Boris Williams, the drummer/percussionist for the Cure during their late 80s/early 90s lineup.
DaphneSusan  1/28/2011
Not so popular now in Russia, though one of the widespread names in 1930-s and 1940-s.
Jogitta  2/19/2011
Boris Kodjoe - German-Austrian actor and former fashion model.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2011
Boris is also nickname of Slavic name Borislav, which means "one who fights for glory" from бор bor, battle combined with слав slav, glory.

Boris can be nickname of Slavic name Borimir, which means "one who fights for peace of the world" from бор bor, battle combined with мир mir, peace.
Meg_Simpson  5/3/2011
One of my favorite Russian male names, but only when pronounced properly, Bah-REECE, not that ugly Anglo mangling BORE-iss. I also think the Russian nickname Borya is cute.
Anyechka  5/5/2011
Name of the Day: July 6th, 2011.
AndrewJKD  7/6/2011
Boris Anrep (1883-1969) was a Russian-born mosaicist and painter.
― Anonymous User  8/18/2011
Boris Strugatsky (1933-) is a popular Russian science fiction writer. In the past, he frequently teamed up with his older brother Arkady (1925-1991), their most famous novel being Roadside Picnic.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2011
This name always makes me think of the villain Boris Badenov in Rocky & Bullwinkle. (I love that show!)
I actually know someone named Boris (sort of--he goes to my school but I've never been in a class with him.) Even so, it's hard for me to picture this name on a kid.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2012
For me is linked with name Michael: after the baptism in 864, Boris was named Michael after his godfather, Emperor Michael III.
From source - a note left by his envoys in Evangelium de Cividale (8th-9th c.) we see with all his family and the king as Michael : Hic sunt nomina de Bolgaria. Imprimis rex illorum Michahel
Et frater eius Dox et alius frater Gabriel et uxor eius Maria et filius eius Rasáte et alius Cabriel et tercius filius Simeon et quartus filius Jacob, et filia eius dei ancella Praxi (Eupraxia?) et alia filia eius Anna.
Miklosich 00081  3/28/2012
It is noted, in the Swedish National Encyclopedia and elsewhere that it's a shortening of Borislav and that should be noted down in the etymology.
Anonymous user  2/5/2013
Since 'Borislav' means 'famous victory' or 'famous battle', then 'Boris' has to do with 'victory or battle, not 'short' or 'wolf' as this website advises. 'Slav' is short for 'slava' or 'glory'.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2013
Used in Italy too (even if it's really rare!)
Eretria  4/28/2013
This name is also used in Georgia.

In Georgian, Boris is written as: ბორის. [noted -ed]
Lucille  6/5/2013
The name Boris was given to 46 baby boys born in the US in 2012. I can't imagine this name on a little boy.
Oohvintage  7/20/2013
I have a Russian tortoise named Boris. He's such a cutie! I call him Borsky as a nickname.
breakofday  4/12/2014
I don't exactly know why, but the name Boris just sounds ridiculously coool to me. Nothing I'd name a child, but it defienetly makes me think of either an older male or some badass, unamerican male who's like russian or romanian or something like that.
Boris is now a gp name for me.
ThatMazerunnerfan  7/10/2014
The name Boris is not of Turkic origin. It is of Bulgar origin, often called proto-Bulgarians. The origin of Bulgars themselves is still debatable among historians. One of the theories is that they are, indeed, partly Turkic, but that should not be considered a solid fact, thus it should be labeled as a Bulgar name.
The origin of the name stems from the spread of toteism, the belief that every clan is a descendant of a specific animal.
In addition, the name does not mean "short" or "wolf". The meaning of the name has been proven to be from the old bulgar word "bars" ( барс ), which means "snow leopard".
Shadowword  10/4/2014
Boris, Borys or Barys is a male name, of Bulgarian origin.[1]
Boris is first found in written records in the case of the Bulgarian ruler Prince Boris I (852-889), who adopted Christianity in 864 AD and imposed it on his people. His name came to be known in Europe in relation to this particular act. Moreover, after his death in 907 AD he was proclaimed the first Bulgarian saint, and traces of his cult during this period can be found as far away as Ireland. The Patriarchate of Constantinople recognized the canonization of St. Boris in 923 AD.[4] However, Prince Boris was not a Slav. He descended from the Bulgars. Among the Bulgars the name was known in its two forms: Boris and Bogoris.[5][6]
Boris started its worldwide spread with its adoption by the Rus' Slavs from Bulgaria. Bulgarian influence over the Rus started as early as the late 9th century during the reign of King(Tsar) Simeon, who sent numerous missions north to the Rus to spread the Bulgarian alphabet and culture. Bulgarian cultural missions intensified in the 10th century, during the reign of King(Tsar) Petar and with them the spread of Bulgarian names continued. It is speculated that the name of the Bulgarian saint King(Tsar) Boris I reached the Rus in the late 10th century, likely during the reign of Boris II of Bulgaria (969-977), great-grandson of Boris I. In 967 the Byzantines instigated the Rus to attack the First Bulgarian Empire and it is probably around this campaign that Vladimir I of Kiev marriage to a Bulgarian noble, who is assumed to be a daughter of Peter I, i.e. sister of Boris II was arranged.[7][8]One of the sons of Vladimir I was given the name Boris. As evidenced by the Rus' Primary Chronicle, Boris and Gleb were sons of Vladimir I, born to him by the Bulgarian princes.
Boris  1/5/2015
In Dutch Boris Boef (Boris Villain) is a cat and the sworn enemy of Mickey Mouse.
Kaat5  4/5/2015
This name is not attractive to me. It reminds me of something you would name a large mammal, like an elephant or a bear.
Kathy D.  6/11/2015
In London, there is a public bicycle service formally called Santander Cycles, but everyone calls them Boris Bikes, after Boris Johnson, who was mayor of London when it launched.
geminibynature  7/8/2015
Boris Prokopič is a Slovak-Austrian footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for the Austrian Erste Liga club SC Rheindorf Altach.
lilolaf  7/4/2016
I like this name and I'm proud having the name. I will convert my family and country to Christianity as King Boris did.
Borris salah  8/8/2016
Boris Rodolfo Izaguirre Lobo is a Venezuelan-Spanish screenwriter, journalist, writer, TV host and showman. Izaguirre wrote the scripts of some of the Venezuelan telenovelas: Rubí and La dama de Rosa. After their success in Spain, he went to live in Santiago de Compostela.
cutenose  1/25/2017
Boris Franz Becker is a German former world No. 1 professional tennis player. He is a six-time major singles champion; including, having been the youngest Wimbledon men's champion when he was 17. He has won 3 Wimbledon titles. He also won 13 Masters Series titles, five elite indoor titles. He is the only player to have won all 3 Open era season end finals ATP Tour Finals, WCT Finals and Grand Slam Cup. Becker also won Olympic gold medal in doubles. Tennis magazine ranked Becker the 11th best male player of the period 1965–2005. He also coached Novak Djokovic for three years beginning in 2013.
cutenose  2/25/2017
Boris Vasilevich Gusakov was a Soviet serial killer, convicted for the killing of 5 people in the Moscow area between 1964 to 1968. Gusakov, a serial rapist with a history of mental health issues, committed at least 5 murders and 15 violent sexual assaults on girls and young women before being caught, and was executed by firing squad in 1970.
lilolaf  7/15/2017
Boris René Lumbana is Colognese-Swedish footballer and singer, born in June 1991, known for participating in Melodifestivalen 2016 and 2017.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  10/24/2017
Boris is from Bendy and the Ink Machine!
pstephens  11/30/2017
Boris the wolf from Bendy and the Ink Machine.
human user  12/19/2017
The name Boris was given to 19 boys born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2018
What a fantastic name. Boris Johnson - large, orange and slightly peculiar. We named our ginger tomcat after him and he lives up to it in every way possible.
elizkadoll  3/2/2018

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