[ 2 syll. pa-ris, par-is ] The baby boy name Paris is also used as a girl name, and it is more frequently a girl name. It is pronounced in English as PAER-ihS or PEHR-ihS †. Paris is used predominantly in the English language and it is derived from Old Greek origins. The name was borne in Greek mythology by the prince of Troy, whose kidnap of Helen sparked off the Trojan war, which ended with the Greeks sacking the city of Troy; the story is famous from Homer's Iliad. The name was also borne by a 4th century Greek bishop and saint in Teano, Italy. See Paris for more information.
Paris has 18 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Paras, Paree, Pares, Parese, Parie, Parisse, París, Parris, Parys, Paryss, Parysse, Peris, Perris, Perrys, and Perys. The variant spelling Pariss is another English form. Paride (Italian) and Parisio (Spanish) are foreign variants of Paris.
Paris is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked in 1991 with 0.014% of baby boys being given the name Paris. It ranked at #592 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep loss in popularity, and is currently of very modest use. Among all boy names in its group, Paris was nonetheless the most frequently used in 2018. Though Paris is currently more often than not a girl name, there was a period before 1984 when more boys were given the name. From 1985 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Paris. In 2000, the name Paris was given to 3 times as many girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Paris include Paryss, Parysse, Peris, Parag, Paras, Parish, Parkash, Parkashe, Paros, Parrish, Parsa, Parwayz, Parwaz, Parwez, Parwiz, Parys, Paurush, Paurushe, Páraic, and Pearoc.
† Pronunciation for Paris: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"