Flower name; Greek

Iris Origin and Meaning

The name Iris is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "rainbow".

Iris has so much going for it. It's a fashionable flower name. It's a mythological name, from the Greek goddess of the rainbow. And it's a classic name, always ranking in the girls' Top 1000 but now at its highest point ever.

Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning "rainbow." In Greek mythology, rainbow goddess Iris was a messenger for Zeus and Hera who rode the rainbow as a multicolored bridge from heaven to earth.

The botanical iris also carries evocative symbols. In ancient times, the Iris was considered a symbol of power and majesty, the three petal segments representing faith, wisdom and valor. This image led to the naming of the colored part of the eye.

In the contemporary world, Iris has amazing international versatility, ranking highly throughout the English-speaking world as well as in a diverse range of countries from Spain to Slovenia, France to Sweden.

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

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.

# 78 in the US

Iris Rank in US Top 1000

# 6 on Nameberry

Iris Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Iris Popularity

Famous People Named Iris

  • (Jean) Iris MurdochIrish novelist
  • Iris Luella DeMentAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Iris AdrianAmerican actress
  • Iris MittenaereFrench beauty queen; Miss Universe 2017
  • Iris ApfelAmerican businesswoman, designer and fashion icon
  • Iris von ArnimGerman fashion designer
  • Iris BerbenGerman actress
  • Iris ChaconPuerto Rican singer and actress
  • Iris GowerWelsh novelist
  • Iris HausslerGerman artist
  • Iris JohansenAmerican novelist
  • Iris Meredith (born Marie Shunn)American actress
  • Iris Victoria Beatrice Grace Mountbattengreat,granddaughter of Queen Victoria
  • Iris RobinsonNorthern Irish politician
  • Iris van HerpenDutch fashion designer
  • Iris YamashitaAmerican screenwriter
  • Iris Tallulah Elizabeth Law (b. 2000)daughter of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost
  • Iris Apatow (b. 2002)American actress, daughter of director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann
  • Iris Sura O'Connor (b. 2006)daughter of actress Renee O'Connor and Jed Sura
  • Iris Friday Seppälä (b. 2012)daughter of Suits actress Sarah Rafferty and Santtu Seppälä
  • Iris Lara St George (b. 2014)daughter of actress Florence Brudenell,Bruce and Henry St George
  • Iris Mary Redmayne (b. 2016)daughter of actor Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
  • Iris Elise Jones (b. 2017)daughter of comedians Michael and Lindsay Jones of Rooster Teeth

Iris in Pop Culture

  • IrisGoddess of the rainbow in Greek Mythology
  • IrisFairy/Spirit character in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
  • Iris Gainesmain character in book/film "The Natural"
  • Iris Simpkinsmain character in "The Holiday"
  • Iris Adamscharacter in "Sims" series
  • Irischaracter in the Pokémon Black and White video games and anime
  • Iris Chase Griffincharacter in "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood
  • Iris McGiverncharacter in the novel "Demented" by Elise Noble
  • Iris Hawthornecharacter in the Ace Attorney video game series
  • Iris Ann WestAllen, wife of Barry Allen in The Flash series
  • Irischaracter in the 'Heroes of Olympus' series by Rick Riordan
  • Irischaracter in LoliRock
  • Irischaracter in 'Infinite Sky' by CJ Flood
  • Irischaracter in "American Horror Story: Hotel"
  • Iris Amicitiacharacter in the game "Final Fantasy XV"
  • "Iris" song by Goo Goo Dolls
  • "Wild Iris Bloom" novel by Mavis Jukes
  • "Iris Zero" manga series
  • Irisword for the ring of color around the pupil in an eye
  • IrisDragon,type gym leader in Pokemon White version and Unova Champion in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Iris Clopsdaughter of the Cyclops in "Monster High" show and series
  • IRIScharacter in "Sara Is Missing"
  • "Iris" song by Live
  • Irischaracter in film "Taxi Driver"
  • Iris Cygnetcharacter in the "Red Queen" series by Victoria Aveyard
  • roses/lotus/violet/irissong by Hayley Williams

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