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Morris

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 77 0 77
1881 87 0 87
1882 81 0 81
1883 75 0 75
1884 78 0 78
1885 99 0 99
1886 96 0 96
1887 95 0 95
1888 95 0 95
1889 112 0 112
1890 93 0 93
1891 97 0 97
1892 136 0 136
1893 113 0 113
1894 122 0 122
1895 125 0 125
1896 136 0 136
1897 132 0 132
1898 164 0 164
1899 116 0 116
1900 162 0 162
1901 146 0 146
1902 150 0 150
1903 178 0 178
1904 175 0 175
1905 188 0 188
1906 226 0 226 #96 boy name
1907 260 0 260 #97 boy name
1908 269 0 269 #98 boy name
1909 305 0 305 #94 boy name
1910 367 0 367 #91 boy name
1911 486 8 478 #85 boy name
1912 960 0 960 #82 boy name
1913 1,073 0 1,073 #90 boy name
1914 1,373 8 1,365 #86 boy name
1915 1,669 9 1,660 #93 boy name
1916 1,627 9 1,618 #97 boy name
1917 1,631 7 1,624 #99 boy name
1918 1,690 11 1,679 #100 boy name
1919 1,674 13 1,661 #99 boy name
1920 1,621 13 1,608
1921 1,678 11 1,667
1922 1,643 12 1,631
1923 1,565 7 1,558
1924 1,514 16 1,498
1925 1,410 10 1,400
1926 1,314 7 1,307
1927 1,234 10 1,224
1928 1,161 6 1,155
1929 1,105 14 1,091
1930 1,016 9 1,007
1931 1,002 13 989
1932 955 12 943
1933 877 10 867
1934 940 8 932
1935 920 13 907
1936 847 0 847
1937 866 10 856
1938 844 5 839
1939 937 9 928
1940 920 8 912
1941 885 10 875
1942 909 0 909
1943 927 14 913
1944 834 6 828
1945 783 10 773
1946 923 8 915
1947 1,010 5 1,005
1948 848 6 842
1949 841 12 829
1950 927 10 917
1951 901 0 901
1952 916 10 906
1953 845 8 837
1954 922 5 917
1955 829 7 822
1956 829 10 819
1957 783 11 772
1958 709 0 709
1959 728 7 721
1960 665 13 652
1961 673 11 662
1962 637 7 630
1963 590 0 590
1964 596 7 589
1965 519 0 519
1966 473 0 473
1967 409 0 409
1968 429 0 429
1969 401 0 401
1970 405 5 400
1971 374 5 369
1972 305 0 305
1973 270 0 270
1974 272 0 272
1975 241 0 241
1976 263 0 263
1977 232 0 232
1978 234 5 229
1979 215 0 215
1980 204 8 196
1981 220 0 220
1982 199 0 199
1983 192 8 184
1984 182 0 182
1985 211 8 203
1986 223 0 223
1987 188 0 188
1988 168 0 168
1989 193 0 193
1990 178 0 178
1991 184 0 184
1992 148 0 148
1993 148 0 148
1994 128 0 128
1995 112 0 112
1996 85 0 85
1997 87 0 87
1998 105 0 105
1999 112 0 112
2000 103 0 103
2001 82 0 82
2002 92 0 92
2003 112 0 112
2004 93 0 93
2005 80 0 80
2006 93 0 93
2007 109 0 109
2008 109 0 109
2009 121 0 121
2010 97 0 97
2011 86 0 86
2012 93 0 93
2013 93 0 93
2014 111 0 111
2015 104 0 104

Fun Facts about the name Morris

  • How many people with the first name Morris have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 70,504 babies born with the first name Morris in the United States. That's more than enough people named Morris to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Morris? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 77 new born babies.
  • When was Morris first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Morris is Monday, July 8th, 1822.
  • What year had the most people named Morris born? The highest recorded use of the first name Morris was in 1918 with a total of 1,679 babies. That's a lot of babies named Morris!
  • Random Morris Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Morris ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 130 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Morris: Your name in reverse order is Sirrom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Simrro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Morris? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 318,884 people with the last name Morris.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Morris? Morris was ranked as the 62nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Morris as a first name

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Popularity of Morris as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Morris U.S.
  White 73.59% 64.26%
  African American 20.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.98% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Morris

People with the last name Morris are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Morris" mean? The list below shows the origins of Morris as well as things modernly associated with the name Morris such as celebrities named Morris.

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Origin and Meaning of Morris

The name "Morris" is of Latin origin, and it means "Dark Skinned". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mor"ris
Senses
  1. A Moorish dance, usually performed by a single dancer, who accompanies the dance with castanets.
  2. A dance formerly common in England, often performed in pagenats, processions, and May games. The dancers, grotesquely dressed and ornamented, took the parts of Robin Hood, Maidmarian, and other fictitious characters.
  3. An old game played with counters, or men, which are placed at the angles of a figure drawn on a board or on the ground; also, the board or ground on which the game is played."The nine-men's morris is filled up with mud." [Shak.]

Note: ☞ The figure consists of three concentric squares, with lines from the angles of the outer one to those of the inner, and from the middle of each side of the outer square to that of the inner. The game is played by two persons with nine or twelve pieces each (hence called nine-men's morris or twelve-men's morris). The pieces are placed alternately, and each player endeavors to prevent his opponent from making a straight row of three. Should either succeed in making a row, he may take up one of his opponent's pieces, and he who takes off all of his opponent's pieces wins the game.

Etymology: Sp. morisco Moorish, fr. Moro a Moor: cf. F. moresque, It. moresca

noun Mor"ris
A marine fish having a very slender, flat, transparent body. It is now generally believed to be the young of the conger eel or some allied fish.

Etymology: So called from its discoverer

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States statesman who led the committee that produced the final draft of the United States Constitution (1752-1816)
  2. Leader of the American Revolution who signed the Declaration of Independence and raised money for the Continental Army (1734-1806)
  3. English poet and craftsman (1834-1896)
  4. United States suffragist in Wyoming (1814-1902)
  1. An English and Scottish surname​ derived from the Norman given name Maurice.
  2. An Irish surname​, anglicised from Ó Muirghis.
  3. A Welsh surname​, anglicised from Meurig.
  4. A male given name, transferred from the surnames, or a spelling variant of Maurice.
  5. A town in Alabama
  6. A town in Connecticut
  7. A city in Illinois
  8. A town in Indiana
  9. A town in Manitoba
  10. A town in Minnesota
  11. A town and village in New York
  12. A city in Oklahoma
  13. A town in Wisconsin
  14. A type of folk dance originating in England.

Notable Persons With the Name Morris

Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Morris was given the name Morris Lamont Chestnut on January 1st, 1969 in Cerritos, California, United States.

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Morris Day

Morris Day is a rock music, pop music, rhythm, blues, soul music, funk, funk rock, funk metal, new wave music, electronic dance music, and hip hop music musician, singer, and drummer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 1981. Morris was given the name Morris E. Day on December 13th, 1957.

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Mac Davis

Mac Davis is a country music and pop music singer-songwriter and actor. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1968 to present. Mac was given the name Morris Mac Davis on January 21st, 1942.

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Morris Claiborne

Morris Claiborne is a football player for the Dallas Cowboys. He has been prominent since 2012. Morris was born on February 7th, 1990 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Morris is also known as Claiborne, Morris Lee; Claiborne, and Morris L..

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Morris Dees

Morris Dees is a civil rights, social justice activist, african-american civil rights movement (1954–68), social justice, and civil rightsandsocial justiceactivist. Morris was given the name Morris Seligman Dees, Jr. on December 16th, 1936 in Shorter, Alabama.

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Morrie Schwartz

Morrie Schwartz was a professor. Morrie was given the name Morris S. Schwartz on December 20th, 1916 in New York City. He passed away on November 4th, 1995.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Morris

Heather Morris

Heather Morris is an actress, singer, dancer, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Heather was given the name Heather Elizabeth Morris on February 1st, 1987 in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.

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William Morris

William Morris was an artist, designer, writer, and socialist. William was born on March 24th, 1834 in Walthamstow. He died on October 3rd, 1896.

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Maren Morris

Maren Morris is a country pop and folk rock singing, songwriter, and guitarist. She plays Singer-songwriter and Vocals. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Maren was given the name Maren Larae Morris on April 10th, 1990 in Arlington, Texas.

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Dick Morris

Dick Morris is an author. Dick was given the name Richard S. Morris on November 28th, 1946 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Chris Morris

Chris Morris is a black comedy and satire comedian. Chris was given the name Christopher J Morris on June 15th, 1962 in Colchester.

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MattyBRaps

MattyBRaps is a songwriter and rapper. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. MattyBRaps was given the name Matthew David Morris on January 6th, 2003 in Duluth, Georgia.

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  • Markieff Morris
    (basketball player)
  • Errol Morris
    (film director)
  • Lamorne Morris
    (actor)
  • Marcus Morris
    (basketball player)
  • Julian Morris
    (actor)
  • Robert Morris
    (United States Superintendent of Finance)
  • Keith Morris
    (singing)
  • Tony Martin
    (musician)
  • Phil Morris
    (actor)
  • Stephen Morris
    (musician)
  • Wanya Morris
    (singing)
  • Janet Ellen Morris
    (author)
  • Nathan Morris
    (singer)
  • Robert Tappan Morris
    (professor)

What does the name Morris mean?

Mis for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

Ois for organized, you always know where things are

Ris for reassuring, eliminating doubts!

Ris for rewards, from your hard work

Iis for immense, are your great qualities

Sis for sensational, you know how to make a splash!

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