Meaning and Name Origin
Iris \i-ris\ as a girls' name is pronounced EYE-riss. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Iris is "rainbow". A flower name. Mythology: Iris was a messenger-goddess who rode rainbows between heaven and earth to deliver messages from Olympus. Novelist Iris Murdoch.
For more information, see also the related girl name Rainbow.
Iris is a very prominent first name for females (#325 out of 4276, Top 8%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Iris for girls. Iris reached its highest rank of #175 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #245 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)