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Gender: Female Meaning of Iris: "rainbow" Origin of Iris: Flower name; also Greek Iris's Popularity in 2017: #149

The name Iris is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "rainbow". Iris is ranked #149 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 the Thirties.

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

(Jean) Iris Murdoch, Irish novelist
Iris Luella DeMent, American singer-songwriter
Iris Adrian, American actress
Iris Mittenaere, French beauty queen; Miss Universe 2017
Iris Apfel, American businesswoman, designer and fashion icon
Iris von Arnim, German fashion designer
Iris Berben, German actress
Iris Chacon, Puerto Rican singer and actress
Iris Gower, Welsh novelist
Iris Haussler, German artist
Iris Johansen, American novelist
Iris Meredith (born Marie Shunn), American actress
Iris Victoria Beatrice Grace Mountbatten, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria
Iris Robinson, Northern Irish politician
Iris van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer
Iris Yamashita, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Iris

Iris Gaines, main character in book/film "The Natural"
Iris Simpkins, main character in "The Holiday"
Iris Adams, character in "Sims" series
Iris, character in the Pokémon Black and White video games and anime
Iris Chase Griffin, character in "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood
Iris Hawthorne, character in the Ace Attorney video game series
Iris Ann West-Allen, wife of Barry Allen in The Flash series
Iris, character in the 'Heroes of Olympus' series by Rick Riordan
Iris, character in LoliRock
Iris, character in 'Infinite Sky' by CJ Flood
Iris, character in "American Horror Story: Hotel"
Iris Amicitia, character in the game "Final Fantasy XV"
"Iris," song by Goo Goo Dolls
"Wild Iris Bloom," novel by Mavis Jukes
"Iris Zero," manga series
Iris, Greek goddess of the rainbow
Iris, word for the ring of color around the pupil in an eye
Iris, Dragon-type gym leader in Pokemon White version and Unova Champion in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
Iris Clops, daughter of the Cyclops in "Monster High" show and series
IRIS, character in "Sara Is Missing"
"Iris," song by Live
Iris, character in film "Taxi Driver"
Iris Cygnet, character in the "Red Queen" series by Victoria Aveyard

Irisha, Irys, Irida, Irissa, Iridianny, Iryssa

Iris's International Variations

Irisa (Russian) Irita (Italian)