Gender: Female Meaning of Iris: "rainbow" Origin of Iris: Flower name; also Greek Iris's Popularity in 2019: #129

Iris Origin and Meaning

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

Iris is directly derived from the Greek word iris, meaning “rainbow.” 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.

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.

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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Rank in US: #129

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Famous People Named Iris

Pop Culture References for the name Iris

Irisha, Irys, Irida, Irissa, Iridianny, Iryssa

Iris's International Variations

Irisa (Russian) Irita (Italian)


Heavenlyjoy Says:


I don't think it would be an issue. I actually don't see the relation to Covid. Beautiful name 💕

MarcyEVal Says:


My baby girl Iris was born last October. My older kids call her Irie (EYE-ree) and it’s kind of stuck as her permanent nickname.

I will admit that we considered changing her name since the corona virus started, since our last name starts with a V and it just seemed too close for comfort. But we just couldn’t bring ourselves to do it-she’s our little Iris. Hopefully it won’t become an issue in the future.

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


One of my best friends is called Iris Seren and I think it does really well as a fn mn. She doesn't really have any nicknames, just Iri because we have a joke that its the singular.

Adeline D Says:


Persephone was almost my name!! I absolutely love it and my first daughter will be called Persephone! Persephone Grace is a fav! Iris is also climbing up my list really quickly!

EvaThyssen Says:


My grandmother was Iris and she passed away two years ago. I promised her that I would name my next cat Iris. So I did, and currently I share my life with a gorgeous cat named Iris Paula. Her name is kind of ironic, since she's completely black :P but she has a colourful, sweet purrsonality. She's as loving as her namesake. Paula fits her though, she's tiny despite being all-grown-up.

irisberry Says:


The Turkish version of Iris is "Ayris" and its meaning is simply the reflection of the moonlight on the beach.

charlotte91286 Says:


I love this name and we used it for my daughter - Iris Persephone

Rosie2525 Says:


Iris is on my top 5 list of baby girl names. It kind of came and went with me, but I'm really liking it, now. It's old fashioned without being too popular! I like the nickname option of Rissy and why not Reese, as well? Plus it means rainbow and I love that!

lillia_ Says:


Iris Eliza is my sister's name and we all love it

Bobcat108 Says:


Iris Claire? Iris Elizabeth? Iris Josephine? I like either one syllable or more than two syllable names w/Iris...

DolphinDreaming Says:


How about Iris Catherine?

Hzilla Says:


Iris Maureen

LadyElectron Says:


i love Iris but i can't think of a middle name i like to go with it!

mimingarz Says:


I named my baby girl Iris who was born on the Iris' blooming season. In addition to that, one day before she was born, we saw beautiful double rainbow and I decided that her name should be Iris. I really love this name and my girl.

Floris Says:


I love this name. I hope it won't become popular where I live....

thesaltypeach Says:


This is a beautiful nature name!

Iris Says:


My name is Iris (Iris Nicole) and I obviously love my name. Iris the Virus was a common joke and sometimes it'd be mistaken for Isis. Which at the time was still an innocent name. Unfortunately, no nicknames that stuck. Wish I could've had one, nevertheless I think Iris is a lovely name :)

eveyalecia Says:


I think Iris would be nice for a boy, although personally I prefer Ira.

JazzDeSaturn Says:


I like this name a lot especially because it means rainbow and this would be our rainbow baby but my husband said it's too close to Isis and vetoed it. He does not peruse let alone post on baby naming sites so I wanted to peek at the comments to see if anyone else had his same thoughts... I guess I got my answer. I still think it's a pretty name. I say if everyone's on board, go for it! We all know naming your child Iris isn't the same as naming them Isis. I think most people will think of flowers and Van Gogh when you tell them what your child's name is. Plus Ris, Risa, Rissy, are all cute NNs :)

Floris Says:


Iris Amelia is absolutely gorgeous! Amelia is classic and beautiful and Iris is really fresh but it also has tradition and a beautiful meaning!

EW314 Says:


Lovely name, very soft and sweet but not too frilly. It's a nice, sophisticated, more uncommon alternative to Lily, Poppy, Daisy or Rosie, but here in the UK it's still pretty popular, sitting just outside the top 100 in 2014.

Yessica Says:


Look deep into my Iris

Lola Says:


NIckname Rissi?
So cute!

berry_chick Says:


Just saying, I know an Iris AND an Isis. No one mistakes them for each other, and no one associates them with the terrorist group.

LavenderLullabies Says:


The song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls means a lot to me, it's definitely my favorite song of all time. The song made me fall in love with this name. When I have kids, if one's a girl I'll definitely be naming her Iris. <3

Margot_86 Says:


Whoops! I meant to say Iris and ISIS almost rhyme. I can't stand autocorrect! LOL

hmg1204 Says:


Well obviously Iris and Iris rhyme lol

Margot_86 Says:


Sara and Siri are TWO letters apart because both "i"s are replaced with an "a" in Sara. Iris and Iris almost rhyme; nobody would say "Siri" and "Sara" almost rhyme.

Margot_86 Says:


Sara and Siri differ from each other by TWO phonemes. Iris and Isis differ from one another by only ONE phoneme. I liked the name Iris before Isis got on the news, but now I don't blame people for being reminded of Isis every time they hear the name "Iris."

thenamer007 Says:


And I don't want the world to see me, 'cause I don't think that they'd understand. When everything's made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am. I love that song, and this name. So pretty. :)

headintheclouds Says:


Iris is lovely. It's vintage, a more unexpected classic and flower name. Everyone knows it, but it isn't common. It's feminine yet also not frilly, plus it sounds sharp and elegant to me, both in its spelling and pronunciation. It's sadly unusable for me because it means "cut" in my native language- downsides to having to consider your multiculturalism! I'd love to meet an Iris though.

bearcub27 Says:


Such a fresh, but vintage choice! And unlike some other flower names for girls, Iris seems like she will age very well without being too obscure. A fantastic choice for a future daughter!

madmaddie Says:


Well I argue it is similar because they're two particularly uncommon names. I understand you disagree, but there's no need to be rude.

birchwood29 Says:


Comparing a vicious terrorist organization to this gorgeous name is what's ridiculous.

Essa Says:


But they don't sound anything like each other, it's just a stupid example.

htw Says:


Both are two syllables, start w the same letter and have repeated vowels. Theyre only a letter apart so excuse you

Essa Says:


Siri isn't even close to Sara. What a stupid example. I agree that Iris and Isis are different enough to use but your point about Siri is completely irrelevant.

Plutophelia Says:


neither is Iris

faithnamer Says:


Well Siri isn't a terrorist organization..

Plutophelia Says:


it isn't that similar. using your logic, because of siri, sara is now unusable.

Plutophelia Says:


I like this for a boy, actually! I think it is strong, sleek and simple. And before you get on me for the meaning or its history please shut that mess down. If you can name a girl kennedy (which means deformed head) or james then you can use iris on a boy.

gonickens0717 Says:


I've always wanted a baby girl named Iris. My sweet girl, Iris Amelia, was born last May. Needless to say, I love the name.

madmaddie Says:


Sadly, there is now Isis, though not exactly the same, very similar

jordalini Says:


This name is awesome, I loved it mostly from the song, and love the crisp/clean sound of this name.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I think this is an awesome name. An extra bonus- for people who loved the name Isis (which is now rendered unusable) it would be a perfect substitute.

Sol Says:


It's a really pretty and sweet name, also delicate.

cjay Says:


this is my daughter's name. i love it of course.

Eva Thyssen Says:


My maternal grandmother is an Iris. She's 84. I love this name, it's so timeless and sweet.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I love this name because it reminds me of the pretty Iris' my mom grows in her garden. :)

faithnamer Says:


This name reminds me of Iris Apfel, so Iris is kind of quirky in my mind. I like it!

Guest Says:


I think this name is really pretty except my mom had a mean friend named Iris and I used to call her virus out of spite so this one's off the table for me :(

Rusty Armour Says:


My 19-month old daughter is Iris...sometimes, we call her "Rissy".

KatieElle Says:


Yes, vintage. I like that description. I always felt like Iris was an outdated name but I met a 4 year old Iris a few years ago and she totally changed my mind. Maybe Reese (or some spelling of that) as a nickname?

LadyVanRaven Says:


The song by the Goo Goo Dolls made me fall in love with this name. I used to not like it (because of a person I used to know with the name). But now I love it. It's lovely, vintage, flowery and energetic.

tintri Says:


I love this fresh and slightly eccentric floral. I'm sad and surprised it's gained so much popularity in the US.