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Boris Name Meaning

Slovak: from the personal name Boris which is often taken as a shortening of the Slavic personal name Borislav composed of the elements bor ‘to fight’ (from Old Slavic boriti se) + slav ‘glory’ or ‘famous’ (from Old Slavic slava ‘glory’) but more probably it is an altered form of the Old Bulgarian personal name Bogoris (a byname from Turkic bogori ‘small’) borne by the king of the Bulgars (sometimes known as Boris) who was converted to Christianity in 86 The name Boris was later also borne by a Russian prince murdered in 1015 whose baptismal name was Roman and who is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church. Altered form of Polish Ukrainian and Rusyn Borys a cognate of 1 above. Slovak (Boriš): from a short form of any of various Slavic compound personal names containing the element bor ‘to fight’ e.g. Borislav (see 1 above). The homonymous Sorbian cognates Boriš (Upper Sorbian) and Bóriš (Lower Sorbian) are found in Germanized and Americanized forms only (see Borisch and Borish ). 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 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 11 Boris families living in London. This was about 44% of all the recorded Boris's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Boris families in 1891.
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What did your Boris ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Boris. 100% of Boris men worked as a Builders Labourer and 100% of Boris women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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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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