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2/12/2007, 1:03:40 AM Mike C earliest recorded revision

Gender Masculine
Scripts Борис(Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Macedonian) ბორის(Georgian)
Pronounced Pron. 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.