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Quick Facts on Iris

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 253
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Iris

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Iris

Iris is a name with a few identifications. Foremost, in Greek mythology, Iris is both the personification of the rainbow and the messenger between the gods as well as a link between the gods and mortals. She connects to the earth from heaven via the rainbow which she creates by watering the clouds from her pitcher of water obtained from the sea. The daughter of Thaumas (a sea god) and Electra (an Oceanid), Iris appears in Homer’s Iliad as a minor deity and divine messenger with a winged staff who carries a pitcher of water from the River Styx she uses to cast a sleeping spell on those that perjure themselves. She is therefore associated with not only the rainbow, but also communication and new endeavors. The word “iridescence” is derived in part from Iris and the Spanish word for rainbow is “arco iris” (arco meaning arch). In Greek (ίριδα), Iris simply means ‘rainbow’. Iris is also the word used to signify a certain type of flower, a genus with 200-300 flowering varieties (hence the name since these flowers represent a ‘rainbow’ of colors). The Iris symbolizes faith, hope and wisdom and in ancient times, dark purple irises were planted over the graves of women to call upon the goddess as a guide to the otherworld. In the Middle Ages, Irises were associated with the French monarchy and the familiar fleur-de-lis symbol is modeled after this flower. The Iris is the state flower of Tennessee. Iris is also the word for a blue-violet color and is the anatomical word for the part of the eye that displays eye-color. Iris as a female personal name among English-speakers was mainly popularized in the 19th century when naming daughters after flowers became fashionable.

Popularity of the Name Iris

Iris has been on the U.S. female list of names consistently since the 1800s. Never an overly used name, Iris has managed to maintain a respectable position on the charts for over 100 years. The height of the name’s popularity came in the late 1920s when flower names were still a lingering fad following the turn of the century (Rose, Violet, Daisy, Flora and Lily). Iris hung back modestly, never seeking the spotlight. That just makes her one of the more unique choices today. Worldwide, the name Iris fares much better. It’s a very popular name in flower-loving Holland, and it’s also on the Top 100 lists in the countries of Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain and Catalonia. Iris has increased in usage in the United States since the turn of the 21st century but still only moderately so. The name did jump almost 100 spots up the charts between 1998 and 1999 following the release of the Goo Goo Dolls chart-topping single “Iris” (which begins with the powerful lyrics “I’d give up forever to touch you…”) and was written for the 1998 film “City of Angels”. The name Iris has its share of antique charm, but it is also offbeat and different from the other flower names. The name has so many references (goddesses, rainbows, flowers and colors) – there’s much more than meets the iris of the eye!
Popularity of the Girl Name Iris
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Iris

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Iris

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Iris

    Iris We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Iris.

  • Popular Songs on Iris

    Popular Songs on Iris

    Camouflage Iris - a song by Settlefish

    For A Bandaged Iris - a song by Poison The Well

    Iris - a song by the Goo Goo Dolls

    Iris - a song by Live

    Iris - a song by Ronan Keating

    Iris - a song by The Breeders

    Through The Iris - a song by 10 Years

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Iris

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Iris

    Iris and Isaac (Catherine Rayner) - Iris and Isaac are NOT FRIENDS. Off they stomp, in a big huff, as far away from each other as possible. And as they stomp, they see funny, strange and wonderful things. If only they were together to share them... Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Iris and Walter (Elissa Haden Guest) - In this beginning chapter book, Iris has moved from the city to the country, and she is not impressed. There are no noises, no stoops to sit on, and seemingly, no children. Her parents encourage her to play in her new yard to no avail; it is her grandfather who finally takes her for a walk and she meets Walter in his tree house. The two become fast friends and Iris learns to appreciate country life. She rides the boy's pony, plays hide-and-seek, and rolls in the grass. Other books in the “Iris and Walter” series include: True Friends; The Sleepover; The Birthday Party; The Field Trip; The Substitute Teacher; Cousin Howie; Baby Rose; Lost and Found; and The School Play. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Iris Has a Virus (Arlene Alda) - When Iris feels tired and sick, she goes to the doctor and learns that she has "a nasty bug." In her fevered state, she has strange dreams about different kinds of colorful bugs that walk and talk. Her dad explains that her virus-causing bug is a germ that can be seen only through a microscope. On Saturday, she feels well enough to go to her grandfather's party, but wonders where her bug went. The answer becomes immediately clear when, on the way, her brother suddenly feels sick. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl (Carol Rey) - "Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl is a gem and will [be] of interest to children of all ages, young adults, and seniors, and anyone interested in reading about a Florida way of life that has all but vanished today. Iris Wall is a true part of Florida history. This book belongs in anyone's collection of Florida books. Excellent!" says Patrick Smith, author. Iris Wall grew up in the 1930s with no television and no radio, but there was no shortage of entertainment in her old Florida family home. She was raised breaking horses, riding in rodeos, and cowhunting with her daddy. Recommended for ages 5-10.

    Iris, Messenger (Sarah Deming) - Iris Greenwold is a dreamer; it's how she escapes her miserable existence. Her mother researches soybeans for an uncaring employer and her wacky father lives far away and pays almost no attention to her. Erebus Middle School is awful, with classmates who torment her and teachers who don't understand why she doesn't pay attention. And then, for her 12th birthday, Iris receives an incredible gift: Bulfinch's Mythology. Reading about the exploits of the Greek gods is right up her alley, but she is puzzled when mysterious messages start popping up in the book's pages and downright startled to discover that the gods are all living nearby at the New Jersey shore and in the Philadelphia area. Moreover, they desperately need her help. As she meets such figures as Poseidon (who runs a seaside oyster shack), Apollo (owner of a cool jazz club), and Aphrodite (stylist extraordinaire), she's also treated to firsthand accounts of Greek myths. This engaging story of an unhappy girl whose dreaming pays off in wonderful ways will be a hit with adolescents dealing with those difficult middle school years. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Just Ask Iris (Lucy Frank) - One wacky building. One amazing summer. According to her mother, Iris is supposed to spend the summer safely indoors, keeping the apartment clean and learning to type. But when Iris follows a cat out onto the fire escape one day, she ends up meeting some of the amazing people who live in her building, including Yolanda, the Cat Lady, and the angry boy with the peashooter. So she comes up with two summer goals of her own: to earn some money, and to spend as much time outside the stuffy apartment as possible. The money starts trickling in thanks to Iris's many neighbors and her errand-running business. But little does she know her job -- and her typing skills -- will lead her to play a major role not only in the future of her building, but also in the lives of forty-plus cats. And in the end, Iris gets something she didn't even know she was looking for....Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Iris

    Famous People Named Iris

    Famous People Named Iris - Iris Chang (author); Iris DeMent (singer); Iris Adrian (actress); Iris Murdoch (British novelist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Iris

    Children of Famous People Named Iris

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Iris - Jude Law (actor); Sadie Frost (actress/designer); Jean Rochefort (French actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Iris - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Iris - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Iris.

Personality of the Girl Name Iris

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Iris

  • No Variations Found.
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