Doris is the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology, daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys, and the wife of the sea-god Nereus with whom she had the Nereids, the fifty daughters of Nereus, one of whom was Thetis, the mother of AchillesShe seems have been the goddess of fishing grounds at the mouth of rivers where fresh water mingled with sea water. Her name seems to be connected to Ancient Greek dôron meaning “gift” combined with zôros meaning “pure, unmixed”. Doris is also the feminine form of Dorianthe name of an Ancient Greek tribe, used to refer to a female member of the tribe. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well.

Doris is also the name of a region in Central Greece which used to be inhabited by the Dorians as well as the name of a region in Asia Minor (Anatolia). Doris is also an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhruis meaning “descendant of Dubhros”, the latter meaning “black wood” made up from Irish elements dubh (black) and ros (wood). As a French surname it comes from a locational name combined with the preposition de (from) and Oris-en-Rattier, a commune in southeastern France. Doris also seems to have some use as an Italian surname though I couldn’t find the meaning behind its origin.

Nicknames: Dory, Dorrie/Dorie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Dorris (English)
  • Doriane (French)
  • Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
  • Doria (English)


Male forms:

  • Dorian (English, French)
  • Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
  • Dorijan (Croatian)
  • Doriano (Italian)
  • Dorián (Hungarian)
  • Doran (Irish)


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