Variant of Maurice. The spelling Morris was quite common as a given name in the Middle Ages, but it fell out of use and was readopted in modern times, in part from the surname earlier derived from the given name. Among Jews it has been adopted as an Anglicized form of Moses.
English: 1. occupational name for a soldier armed with a spear, from Middle English spere ‘spear’ + man. 2. from the Middle English, Old English personal name Spereman, of the same origin as the occupational name above.