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Gender: F Meaning of Iris: "rainbow" Origin of Iris: Flower name; also Greek Iris's Popularity in 2013: #253

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Iris is one of the bouquet of turn-of-the-last-century flower names that is gradually beginning to regain its appeal: it is now at the highest point it has been since 1956.

Part of this is due to its celebrity power: Jude Law and Sadie Frost, Renee O'Connor and Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann all chose Iris for their daughters.

In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow, a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. This colorful image led to the naming of the flower and to the colored part of the eye.

A notable modern bearer was the prolific British novelist Iris Murdoch. Frequently seen on screen, characters called Iris have been played by Jodie Foster, Jane Fonda and Kate Winslet, and Iris Chase is the narrator in the Margaret Atwood novel The Blind Assassin.

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Famous People Named Iris

Iris Adrian, American actress
Iris Apatow, American actress, daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
Iris Apfel, American businesswoman and fashion icon
Iris von Arnim, German fashion designer
Iris Barry, American film critic
Iris Berben, German actress
Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican entertainer
Iris Chang, American historian
Iris DeMent, American singer
Iris Evans, Canadian politician
Iris Gower, Welsh novelist
Iris Habib Elmasry, Egyptian historian
Iris Haussler, German artist
Iris Johansen, American author
Iris Kyle, American bodybuilder
Iris Marion Young, American political scientist
Iris Meredith, American actress
Lady Iris Mountbatten, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Iris Murdoch, Irish novelist
Iris Ovshinsky, American businesswoman
Iris Robinson, Northern Irish politician
Iris Van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer
Iris Yamashita, American screenwriter
Iris Yim, Chinese seologist

Pop Culture References for the Name Iris

"Iris," song by Goo Goo Dolls
Iris Gaines, main character in "The Natural" (1984 movie)
Iris Simpkins, main character in "The Holiday" (played by Kate Winslet)
Iris, character in the Pokemon Black and White video game and anime.
"Wild Iris Bloom," novel by Mavis Jukes
Iris Chase Griffin, character in "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood
Iris Hawthorne, character in the Ace Attorney video game series
"Iris Zero," manga series
"Iris," a South Korean TV show
Iris Allen, wife of the Flash (Barry Allen) in DC Comics
Iris, Greek goddess of the rainbow
Iris, word for the ring of color around the pupil in an eye

Irida, Iridianny, Irisha, Irissa, Irys, Iryssa

Iris's International Variations

Irita (Italian) Irisa (Russian)