Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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