[ 2 syll. do-ris, dor-is ] The baby girl name Doris is pronounced DOWR-ihS (English, German) †.
1: Doris' language of origin is Old Greek. It is predominantly used in English, German, and Greek. The name Doris means 'bountiful; of the Dorian tribe; from Doris; gift'. It is from doris which means 'bountiful' ; doron 'gift'. The name could be derived from the Greek element doris, or else it could be from the name of an ancient Greek tribe, the Dorians, who lived in a region in central Greece called Doris. In Greek mythology, the name was borne by a minor goddess of the sea who was married to Nereus; their fifty daughters were sea nymphs known as the Nereids. The name was taken up by English speakers in the late 19th century. In the UK, the name is known from the fictional Doris Archer in BBC's long-running radio soap opera, The Archers (1950-), while in the USA, the fame of the actress Doris Day (1924-) has contributed to the popularity of the name. Doris is the feminine version of the English, French, and German Dorian.
The name Doris is widely used; it has 33 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Doralia, Doralice, Doralie, Doralis, Dorea, Doree, Dorelia, Dori, Doria, Dorian, Doriana, Dorianna, Dorianne, Dorice, Dorie, Dorika, Dorise, Doriss, Dorita, Dorri, Dorrian, Dorrise, Dorrit, Dorry, Dorrys, Dorys, and Doryse. Other English forms include the diminutives Dorrie and Dory, and the spelling variant Dorris. Forms used in foreign languages include the Hawaiian Dorisa, the Hebrew Dorit, and the Hawaiian Kolika.
2: Doris is primarily used in the English language and it is also of English origin. The name is sometimes treated as a combination of Dorothy and Phyllis.
See also the related forms, the English Dorothy
and the English, German, and Greek Phyllis
Doris is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1929, 1.425% of baby girls were given the name Doris. It had a ranking of #6 then. The baby name has substantially fallen in popularity since then, and is now used on an infrequent scale. Within all girl names in its family, Doris was nonetheless the most popular in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Doris include Dahra, Dahrah, Daira, Dairah, Darah, Darcee, Darcey, Darci, Darcie, Darcy, Darice, Daría, Darja, Darka, Darra, Darsea, Darsey, Darsha, Darsi, and Darsie.
† Pronunciation for Doris: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Doris:
Author Doris Lessing, born Doris May Taylor 22 October 1919, Kermanshah, Iran.
Singer Doris Day, born Doris von Kappelhoff 3 April 1924, Cincinnati, Ohio.