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Boris Name Meaning

Bulgarian and Slovak: from the personal name Boris, which is of disputed etymology. It is sometimes taken as a shortening of an Old Slavic personal name, Boroslav, from bor ‘struggle’, ‘conflict’ + slav ‘glory’, but more probably it is an alteration of the Old Bulgarian personal name Bogoris, borne by the king of the Bulgars (sometimes known as Boris) who was converted to Christianity in 864. This is a byname from Turkic bogori ‘small’. Boris is one of the very few names of non-Byzantine origin admitted as a baptismal name in the Orthodox Church, largely because of the popular cult of St. Boris (died 1010), patron saint of Moscow (whose baptismal name was Roman). Hungarian: from Boris, a pet form of the female personal name Borbála, or in some cases possibly from the male personal name Barabás.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Boros, Bors, Borish, Borin, Bodin, Oris, Bonis, Bores, Doris, Borne

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You can see how Boris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boris families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 13 Boris families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Boris's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Boris families in 1911.
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What did your Boris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Boris. 28% of Boris men worked as a Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farming
    23%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Farmers Son
    12%
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What is the average Boris lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Boris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Boris in 1944 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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