Boris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Boris family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living near a town or fortress. Bury is an Old English word for town (modern borough) and means therefore at the borough. Bury is a place-name in counties Suffolk, Lancashire and Huntingdonshire, and the name could have been derived from any one of those place-names.
The Burress variant literally means "dweller near a stronghold or fortified place." 
Henry Bederic or De Bury (fl. 1380), was an early English theologian, was "born at Bury, in Suffolk, from which place he derived his surname." 
Early Origins of the Boris family
The surname Boris was first found in Devon where Geoffrey de la Burg and Richard de la Burg were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls lists Adam de la Bury and Richard de la Bury in Oxfordshire. Years later, William atte Berge and Richard atte Bury were listed as holding lands during the reign of King Edward III (1327 until his death.) 
Arguably, the name could have had a Norman origin as one reference claims the name was derived from Bourry, near Gisors in Normandy, for it is here that Walbert and Richard de Bouri were listed in the Mangns Rotul. Scaccarii Normanniae in 1198. They are believed to be descended from Eustace de Bouri who was listed there in 1104. 
Richard de Bury (1287-1345), also known as Richard Aungerville or Aungervyle, was an English bishop, writer and bibliophile, born near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Burray is "an island, forming part of the ancient parish of St. Peter, island of South Ronaldshay, South isles of Orkney, Scotland." 
Early History of the Boris family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boris research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1287, 1345, 1364, 1806, 1430, 1470, 1446, 1472, 1522, 1535, 1571, 1580, 1667, 1655, 1722, 1624, 1714, 1666, 1690, 1644, 1720, 1655, 1722 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Boris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boris Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Boris include Bury, Burye, Burys, Buris, Burri, Burrey, Burry and others.
Early Notables of the Boris family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bury (fl. 1430-1470), Canon of Windsor from 1446 to 1472; John Bury (died c. 1522), English politician, Member of Parliament for Cambridge; William Bury, a London draper; and his son, John Bury (1535-1571), an English translator; John Bury...
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In the United States, the name Boris is the 11,912nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Boris family to Ireland
Some of the Boris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Boris migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Boris or a variant listed above:
Boris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan Boris, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830 
- Jose Boris, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1832 
Contemporary Notables of the name Boris (post 1700) +
- Kathleen Boris, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1988 (alternate)
- Lieutenant-General Pierre-Louis-Andr Boris (1878-1946), French Inspector-General of Artillery 
- Michael Boris Green FRS (b. 1946), British physicist, one of the pioneers of string theory, and has been appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University
- Sir Ernst Boris Chain (1906-1979), German-born British biochemist, and a 1945 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize
- Cedor Boris Aronow (1910-1991), American Democratic Party politician, Toole County Attorney, 1937-43 
- Boris Efimovich Groys (b. 1947), German art critic, media theorist, and philosopher, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and Senior Research Fellow at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany
- Boris Brott OC, OOnt (1944-2022), Canadian conductor and motivational speaker from Montreal, Quebec, founder and artistic director of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Principal Youth and Family conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa
- Boris Mendelevich Dorfman (1923-2022), Ukrainian Jewish public figure, writer, scholar of Jewish culture, and social activist, father of American publiciSt Michael Dorfman
- Boris Vladimirovich Balmont (1927-2022), Russian politician, Minister of the Machine Tool and Tool Industry of the USSR from 1981 to 1986
- Boris Aleksandrovich Furmanov (1936-2022), Russian politician, Minister of Architecture, Construction, and Housing from 1991 to 1992
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Pierre-Louis-Andr Boris. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Boris/Pierre-Louis-Andr%C3%A9/France.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html