Boris

Saint Boris and Saint Gleb
Origin: Bulgarian
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Short", or "wolf"
Pronunciation: BORE-iss, bah-REES, BO-ris
Other forms: Borys

The name Boris comes from the Turkic Bogoris, which meant either "short", or "wolf". It has been the name of three Bulgarian Emperors. Boris is one of those names that has been used in many places including Russia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Germany, and, as Borys, in Poland and the Ukraine. It was popularized by Saint Boris, who was a Russian Prince, and was martyred with his brother Gleb. Boris and Gleb were alive during the 11th century, and took the Christian names Roman and David. Their father was Vladimir the Great, and their mother was thought to be Bulgarian, though some think they had different mothers. When their father was killed, Boris and Gleb were murdered, as they were heirs to throne. Boris was stabbed along with his manservant in his tent. When he was found later on, he was still breathing, but put out of his misery with a lance. Gleb, while praying to God and his murdered brother, had his throat cut by his own cook. They were canonized in 1071, and their shrine is located in Vyshhorod, Ukraine.

Boris is a little old, a little dusty, but maybe it could be resurrected? It is definitely unusual; it hasn't been in the US top 1000 since 1970. Aside from St. Boris, there are a host of other namesakes not limited to: actor Boris Karloff, actor-model Boris Kodjoe, and author Boris Pasternak.

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