Gender Masculine
Scripts Борис(Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Macedonian) ბორის(Georgian)
Pronounced Pron. bu-RYEES(Russian)
BO-ris(Czech, 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.

Related Names

DiminutivesBorya(Russian) Bor, Borut(Slovene) Boro(Croatian)
Other Languages & CulturesBarys(Belarusian) Borys(Polish) Borys(Ukrainian)
Surname DescendantsBorisov(Bulgarian) Porsche(German) Borisov(Russian)
User SubmissionsBóris, Bòris, Boris



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Name Days

Bulgaria: May 2
Croatia: May 2
Croatia: July 24
Croatia: September 6
Czech Republic: September 5
France: May 2
Slovakia: October 14
Sweden: June 10


Entry updated November 16, 2019