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In French, Iris is also a blue/purple flower.
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2005
A famous bearer of this name is novelist Iris Murdoch.
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2005
Very popular name in the Netherlands. In Dutch, we pronounce it as: EER-is. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  12/5/2005
Iris is the name of Jodie Foster's character in the film Taxi Driver.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2005
Iris is also a name of a song by the Goo Goo Dolls.
-- elena_iamthestarligh  1/8/2006
Rissy is a good nickname for Iris (I've seen it in the Cheney Duvall MD series by Lynn & Gilbert Morris).
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2006
Jude Law's daugther is named Iris, also Renee O'Conner has a girl named Iris.
-- Anonymous User  4/19/2006
Also used in Portuguese as Íris. [noted -ed]
-- ivogomes  5/23/2006
"Iris" could have a nameday on Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) - the day of flowers and willows (the names of the other trees also have a nameday).
-- iva_toneva  5/26/2006
Iris is Irish without the h.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2006
I love irises, the flowers, but I could never give a child this name. It's kind of like with Peony: like the flowers, dislike the name.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Iris here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
It's not a bad name but I wouldn't use it. Actually the first thing I think of when I hear this name is the iris in your eye.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2006
There is a novelist named Iris Johansen.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
In the movie "The Holiday" (2006) Kate Winslet plays a woman named Iris. Oddly enough, Jude Law plays Iris' older brother, and even odder, in reality Jude Law's daughter is named Iris. Personally, I love this name. A good first name or middle name.
-- rory  1/28/2007
I love the way the name Iris sounds, but I would never name anyone this or any flower name for that matter becuse if you name someone the name of a flower then what does the name really mean? It's the same as naming someone dandelion or tulip.
-- Anonymous User  2/16/2007
So pretty and refreshing!
-- Jasmine  3/4/2007
I love this name! I think it sounds so pretty and cute!
-- elysa  3/14/2007
To me, naming a kid Iris can be compared to naming a kid Nostril, rather than other flower names. Haha, but I like the name Iris, and I won't rag on it being a body part. It's a very pretty name, with a very pretty meaning.
-- Emmasj  3/21/2007
Iris reminds me of a very pretty flower and a girl who is nice, quiet and out going in her own way. I do not think of it being a body part at all and I think it is an awesome name.
-- Anonymous User  4/17/2007
There's a movie with Jane Fonda called 'Stanley and Iris'.
-- Anonymous User  5/13/2007
I usually dislike flowery names, but this isn't all sickly and overbearing. It's short and funky.
-- Surreal  6/13/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/3/2007
I too dislike flower names. Maybe it's because we've always named our animals flowery names (Petunia, Daisy, Lily) I wouldn't name my child Iris, but if the parents truly like it, that's their business.
-- joanie2007  7/20/2007
Iris was the main character in the book Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.
-- bibi66  7/30/2007
I love this name, it's different and pretty. I love names like that!
-- applemilk  9/5/2007
I've heard it pronounced EE-rihs. It sounds better in my opinion.
-- Zan11  9/7/2007
Actress Renée O´Connor & Jed Sura have a daughter Iris Sura-O´Connor, born 19th March 2006.
-- Maggie_Simpson  10/14/2007
I never knew Iris meant rainbow. How lovely.
-- mum2bubba  11/9/2007
I absolutely loved this name in my teens. The name is very pretty, and it has a certain old-fashioned charm to it. I'm not generally crazy about names ending in 's' or the 's' sound, but this is a nice enough name. It's cute, but not too cutesy for adults. Still, it's too common for me to use it.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
Used in Spanish, Hebrew, and Portuguese and pronounced Ee-rees (EE as in eat.)
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2008
Also used in France. [noted -ed]
-- Marie-Amelie  6/19/2008
Used in Spanish. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  7/14/2008
And in French it is pronounced ee-REES.
-- ponine  8/23/2008
I don't like the name Iris because it reminds me of the colored part of your eye. However, I do like flower names.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2008
It looks pretty on paper, but I don't care for the sound.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2008
I like the flower, but this name sounds so harsh to me!
-- Anonymous User  11/5/2008
Iris is the name of a goddess in Greek mythology. She was said to have painted the rainbow. I think this is not only a beautiful story, but a beautiful name.
-- KierstenDani  11/26/2008
I really love this name, it's so simple and beautiful. I first heard it in 'The Holiday' and Kate Winslet's character is called Iris. Definitely my favourite flower name, I just love it. I'd definitely use this in the future.
-- evangelinerose  12/9/2008
Also used in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. Iris would be pronounced ee-rees.
-- Elianita  12/15/2008
This name is magnificent. It is unique and beautiful. When I have my baby girl within the next three years, I will definitely name her Iris.
-- beacon444  1/22/2009
I love the meaning of this name, it's lovely. I wouldn't give a child this name but I have named a story character Iris.
-- emmiix3  1/25/2009
Slimy and serpentine like Isis. I don't like it.
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2009
Maybe not the best to use in English-speaking countries, but still a striking, awesome name. Oh and there are a lot of complaints about it being a flower name- well Rose and Lily are flower names too. I don't like those names, but I'm saying that you probably don't complain about those.
-- Anonymous User  4/6/2009
Iris is relatively common in Sweden. It was trendy in the 1910's and 20's. Now it is becoming popular again, in 2008 it ranked # 81 for newborn girls. Iris has a name day on February 10th.
-- Kirushka  5/27/2009
Iris is Mr. Holland's wife in the film, Mr. Holland's Opus.
-- LMS  7/14/2009
This name is quite pretty, and not as trendy as Lily or Daisy. Maybe I would use it.
-- bananarama  8/6/2009
Iris, the rainbow goddess, was also the messenger of the gods.
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2009
EYE-ris sounds tacky to me, I prefer it EE-ris (the original Greek pronunciation).
-- Anonymous User  8/17/2009
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is ee-RIS.
-- MaggieSimpson  9/3/2009
The Latin pronunciation is EE-ris.
-- eguo0124  9/14/2009
As a flower name I see it becoming more popular. I've also seen an increase in the popularity of boys' names ending in 's' (Jonas, Elias, Titus, Matthias) here in the US, so I believe that popularity will extend to Iris eventually. So she isn't the next Emma, that is fine. I liked that name until everyone jumped on the bandwagon.
-- Ada Isabel  9/21/2009
There was a children's show called "Professor Iris" or "Iris, the Happy Professor" on television when I was younger.
-- Zepton  10/12/2009
Gorgeous, but in an untraditional way. :)
-- lucyskydiamonds  11/20/2009
We had friends who named their little girl Iris. So classically beautiful. We also know an Iris of the older generation. I think Iris would make a very sweet middle name too.
-- mom2zeke  12/22/2009
This is my nan's name so I always think of it as being quite old-fashioned! Her name is Iris Rose, which I've always considered very beautiful. I would consider passing it on to a child, but probably as a middle name.
-- amanda82  2/10/2010
I like this name. I don't hear it often, that's what I like about it. Also I picture a girl, quiet and kind.
-- GrapeGirl93  2/14/2010
Seriously, what name has a more beautiful meaning?
Iris can mean this: http://www.adimagephotos.biz/aphoto-images/AI%20photo%20Thumbs/Flowers%20Thumbs/Iris%2012f.jpg
This: http://www.sciencedaily.com/images/2008/01/080130170343.jpg
Or this: http://www.eaas.co.uk/images/atmospheric_optics/rainbow.jpg
Iris is an absolutely gorgeous name. I love it.
-- erb816  2/20/2010
It's pretty, but I just can't get past the Taxi Driver connection. Why would you name your kid after a child prostitute?
-- dramaelf  2/25/2010
Iris from "Taxi Driver" is not the first impression most people get. At least I don't think so. I mean, it's not like the name Iris is in the same league as Lolita.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2010
I like how subtly girly this name with most aspects of the meanings.
-- lucyskydiamonds  3/7/2010
There is an Italian opera called "Iris" written by Pietro Mascagni. It is set in Japan but the lady of the title is killed by being thrown into a sewer.
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2010
Iris is the name of the Greek messenger goddess who travelled to Earth on rainbows. Personally, this is one of my favourite names, and being a Latin student who has to study a lot of mythology, I think of the Greek goddess before any flowers or movie characters.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2010
As a horticulturalist, I really like the flower Iris germanica, and the name always reminds me of this beautiful flower. It's probably one of my most favourite flower names! :)
-- walesgal92  7/31/2010
I really like it, and such a nice a meaning. Maybe as a middle name.
-- Chrila96  10/3/2010
It's also used in Norway. The pronunciation is EE-ris.
-- blessed-bee  12/19/2010
Iris is the name of a character from the most recent season of the Pokémon anime. She is a user of Dragon-type Pokémon.
-- bananarama  3/10/2011
This is a beautiful name, and I love the flower, too. I don't think of it as part of my eye; just as a pretty, graceful name.
-- Black_X  7/12/2011
Iris Chase is the fascinating narrator in Margaret Atwood's historical fiction novel, The Blind Assassin. She's telling the story as an older (and wiser) woman, of her girlhood and marriage in 1930s and 1940s Canada. She's a doozy of a character and that's what makes me like this name--even though I think the name itself has an eternal charm that trendier names don't.
-- MiYung  7/13/2011
Iris West Allen is the wife of Barry Allen, the second Flash, the aunt of Wally West, the original Kid Flash and third Flash, and the grandmother of Bart Allen, the first Impulse, second Kid Flash and forth Flash. Wally also named his daughter, Iris West II, the second Impulse, this, after his aunt.
-- KaNugget  6/19/2012
This name is fantastic, it's way better than Rose. Since everybody uses the name Rose as a name filler this is a nice, unique and flowery middle name.
-- 555jazzy  7/27/2012
It's a pretty name, like the flower, but a bit unpleasant to say. Like squash undiluted, the strong s makes it a bit harsh on the throat.
-- Hushpuppy  7/30/2012
Fourteen years with this name... and here's what I can tell you.

In my even younger years, I absolutely loathed my name. To me it was: Too short, not fun to say, had no nickname, wasn't as pretty as so-and-so's name, and most of all... NO ONE could pronounce it like my family could. (My family is Panamanian. They pronounced it as EE - REE - S. (E as in eat)) Last year in my first year of high school, I met TWO other girls with my name, and I was sure there were more. So the uniqueness factor went down the toilet. I never liked it as much as my middle name, which my mother told me was suppose to be my first name. My middle name being Anayansi, the name of a Panamanian princess and meaning "The Key To Happiness". Had my name been arranged that way my initials would have been A.I.M. as in AIM for your goals and never give up. Instead my initials are I.A.M., like the dog food. Excuse me as I sulk in a corner...

Eventually, I researched my name because it couldn't be that bad. I mean, its one vowel repeats twice and the two consonants that appear are in sequence like in the alphabet. Or that the recent aspiring Dragon Master in one of my favorite television shows, Pokemon, is named Iris! (Although, she needs major character development so people stop calling her a "Mary-Sue" or A fictional character, usually female and especially in fanfic, whose implausible talents and likableness weaken the story. I don't think she is that much of one, though.) But that’s not all what I liked about my name:

When I found out that my name was the color around the pupil in grade school, I would joke with my friends saying, “I see all!” while making binoculars with my hands. Creepy? Maybe, but hey, I was a kid! The Iris in our eyes are beautiful though. They come in many colors like brown, hazel, violet, blue, green, and even amber. Their purpose for to serve the human body is actually much larger than being pretty. The Iris is to regulate the amount of light entering the eyeball. They’re colored because were they to be clear and be in the way of strong sunshine, you wouldn't be able to see much.

Daughter of the marine-god, Thaumas the wondrous, and the could nymph, Elektra the amber, Iris was a goddess of the sea and sky. It was believed she refilled the rain clouds because the rainbow’s arc was often seen spanning the distance between the clouds and ocean. Most likely this is the origin of her status of Rainbow Goddess. She only appears in mythology running errands. However, she has no mythology of her own. In the book of the Oddessey, Iris was the Peace Keeper. If the gods argue or lie about something, Iris will get water out of river Styx and with water gods must pledge truth.

The following is copied by the website “goddess-guide”.

Iris’s Archetypes

The Servant:

The Servant Archetype reminds you to look at the masters and petty tyrants you defer to in your life.

Learn to let go of people or self-limiting beliefs that no longer serve you.


The Shape shifter:

The Shape Shifter is a useful Archetype to have if you need to be flexible or perform lots of different roles.

The shadow side asks whether your chameleon like tendencies reflect a deep insecurity and inability to commit to any particular path.

As a flower...
I am royalty that symbolizes power and majesty.
The Egyptians placed me upon the brow of the Sphinx and the scepter of their kings. My three blossom leaves were identified represent valor, wisdom, and faith.
I appear in many colors. Each color has its own meaning.
Blue I am hopeful, faithful. Purple I symbolize wisdom and compliments. Yellow I am passionate and have eloquence. When I'm white, I'm pure. Yet, overall, I am known to be kind, wise, brave, trustworthy, hopeful, and admirable.

I love my name because it is unique in meaning. I have a friend who's prettier than me, smarter than me, and everyone likes her better than me. Her name is Katherine, simplified as Katie. It means pure. Not only do I have that meaning, but there is so much more. There aren't many names like Iris, from what I've seen at least. My name is wonderful, and I wouldn't trade it for any other name. Not ever.

Also, people have been telling how they picture a girl named Iris. I would describe myself as the website TV TROPES describes "Shrinking Violet" and "Dark Magical Girl". For those who don't want to look them up or can't, here's me in a nutshell (copied from the website "Tv Tropes"(dot)org):

Shrinking Violet [What applies to me]

Painfully shy and quiet, the Shrinking Violet is the withdrawn character, usually but not always female, who walks through the school hallways with her head down and wants nothing more than to blend in with the scenery to avoid all attention because she believes that her presence is worthless or unwanted. Often The Quiet One. Expect her to apologize a lot.

The reasons for her (lack of) self-confidence vary, but they usually include intimidation (or bullying) by the popular ones, or being the youngest and more sheltered daughter in the family [which I am], or in more dramatic cases, a personal event that convinced her that the world would be better off if she just shut up. In other cases, the Shrinking Violet actually manages to avoid the brunt of fights or taunts that more vocal outcasts take, presumably because she's so quiet that she might as well be invisible.

Some Shrinking Violets will accept their status, but be plagued with that nagging feeling that they can be more than they assume. Other Shrinking Violets will hate their crippling insecurities and want to reach out to others, but be paralyzed by fear of rejection. Unlike The Snark Knight, they didn't choose to be alone, but feel powerless to change it. They may even harbor a secret crush on a popular male classmate, or even on a male classmate who frequently gets picked on, which they, time and time again, cannot spit out. Prone to blushing.

One advantage to being the Shrinking Violet is that, being outside the viciously popular circle, the few friends she manages to make are the loyal, lifelong ones who'd give their right arms to help a true friend in need. Which they will, because the Shrinking Violet is invariably of the sweet-tempered, delicate type who makes a great friend and a lousy criticism taker.
In the end, the Shrinking Violet will always find her inner beauty and strength with the help of her newfound friends, or lover, Grew A Spine and blossom into a mature, self-confident woman who would make her parents proud. Well... not always. But generally. Sometimes the shy exterior remains towards strangers, and it's only the new friend (and the audience) who gets to see the wonderful person inside. The Beautiful All Along discovery is optional but highly recommended.

A male version of this trope may be treated as an instant Butt Monkey for everyone to martyr, or just called out as an emo (unlike the female one, who is so sympathetic that yelling at her or even beating her up is akin to a MAJOR offense for her friends). [I am a girl.]

Dark Magical Girl [What applies to me]

A young girl's greatest fear isn't monsters. It isn't evil. It isn't even death. No, her greatest fear overshadows all of these.

Her greatest fear is to be alone.

Normal Magical Girls have a good relationship with their family members, they make friends at school—they may be a little dim, but that's okay, and this all translates into the magical ability to defend what they love from external threats.

A Dark Magical Girl doesn't have that. For her, Parental Abandonment is not funny or convenient. Her parents are absent at best [My mom was a single mom taking care of six kids while I was in elementary school. If I didn't see her in the morning, I didn't see her at all that day. Then in sixth grade, she got a new boyfriend and spent all her time with him. A lot more things happened, but I don't want to get into it. Long story short, I was miserable if I didn't have my friends] and abusive at worst, and though she's smart, she can't understand why her life has turned out as it is. She doesn't have real friends or exploits past the academic (if she goes to school). This is because she either doesn't know how to communicate socially or she's already lost her friends and wants to avoid making new ones, the loss of which will just bring her further pain [Painfully true.]. If she seems outwardly creepy, it's another unfortunate reason people avoid her, which only leads to her being further perceived as evil or otherwise abnormal.

She doesn't want the Magical Girl's pity [a.k.a Katie], but the MG usually tries to reach out to her and gain her friendship regardless. A Magical Girl symbolizes the triumph of virtue, justice, and The Power of Love. A Dark Magical Girl asks if there is redemption and salvation for the cursed and lost.

Dandere [I almost forgot.]

A dandere character is one who is normally quiet and silent, possibly to the point of coming across as emotionless at times, but will suddenly become talkative and sweet and cute when alone with the right person if they manage to push the right button to get them to pour their heart out, revealing that they're actually just shy.
A dandere will be more or less a normal person, but, will not talk unless spoken to/required to. They will avoid talking because of their shyness, but if need be, they will speak. Also, a dandere tends to feel more power in numbers. If they're with a group that they're comfortable with, then the shyness factor of said dandere will very likely decrease if another, unfamiliar person is introduced at that time.
The name comes from an abbreviation of 'danmari deredere'. 'Danmari' means to be calm or to shut one's mouth up all the time, while 'deredere' means lovestruck.

That's one Iris personality. I'm also very artistic and was amazing at math, emphasis on the "was". I love Biology, Animation, Broadcasting, and English. I'm a writer and reader as well. That's it. Being an Iris is actually cool. If you name your daughter (or son, if you wish) this name, make sure you pair it with an awesome middle name like mine, okay? Hehe.
-- Anayansi Iris  7/12/2013
This is my daughter Rosalie's middle name. It turned out to be quite hard to find a middle name that went well with her first name, but I think Iris goes perfectly. I would've even used it as a first name and had considered it for quite a while. There's something so sweet and innocent about this name, I can't imagine someone mean named Iris. It's suitable for all ages and is not very popular right now, I would recommend it if you like flower names but don't want something trendier like Lily or Violet. It's beautiful, whether it be used as a first name or a middle name!
-- caroline alice  8/12/2013
Another interesting thing about the name Iris is that backwards, it is Siri. A fresh twist on a classic name, and great for twins.
-- Skygray15  9/21/2013
I really like it actually, it sounds so sweet and subtly pretty. Whenever I hear it I can't help humming Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, it's a nice association though :)
-- verden  10/5/2013
I heard someone calling a child this in a store. I, at first, wondered why someone would name their child after a part of the eye. I think of that first before a flower.
-- AppleM32  1/13/2014
The form "Iiris" has been more common in Finland since the forties.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2014
Finnish pronunciation is usually I-ris. The form "Iiris" is always pronounced EE-ris.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2014
We named our daughter Iris. We wanted something nice but uncommon, and not something we “made up” or just altered the spelling of… which I think can be ridiculous. (You know who you people are!) She’s eleven, and I expected that by now she’d be complaining about her name and possibly insisting that people call her by her middle name (Nicole), but so far she’s fine with it. It helps that people – friends and strangers alike – constantly affirm to her and us how “pretty” or “nice” her name is. We were kind of hoping we’d help spur a resurgence in its usage; it’s a perfectly beautiful name which, for whatever reason, is seldom used in America… at least when we used it. (To those who think it’s old-fashioned: compare it to names like Agatha, Agnes, Alma, Martha, or even the resurgent Grace, and it sounds cool, hip, and young.)

I very rarely think of the part of the eye or the rainbow goddess, and seldom the flower... I think of my daughter, and “a name for a girl.” It’s a name I gravitated towards after seeing it used in books and movies. Its most important use in fiction, for me, was the Jane Fonda character in “Stanley and Iris, ” a movie about adult illiteracy, which is a personal cause of mine. My wife’s reason for agreeing to the name is different: “It’s my favorite flower, ” she says.
-- MarkD  3/10/2014
I don't think of the flower when I hear this name. I think of eyes.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2014
My name is Iris. It is a flower, part of the eye and means rainbow in Greek, everyone I know would love my unique name that not many people have. If you do not like my name and think of it as the part of the eye, I don't care- at least it is the coloured part of the eye. The height of popularity for the name Iris is 1930 along with my friends Ivy and Isabel. A famous person with the name Iris is Iris Murdoch a famous crime writer. I absolutely love my name!
-- SpikeMama  4/13/2014

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