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Meaning and name origin

Iris \i-ris\ as a girl's 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.

Iris has 6 variant forms: Irida, Iridiana, Iridianny, Irisa, Irisha and Irita.

For more information, see also the related girl name Rainbow.


Iris is a very popular first name for females (#325 out of 4276, Top 8%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

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Similar Names

Iris is also pronounced similarly to Eris, Eriss and Erys. Other suggested similar baby names are Cris, Idris, Irit, Isis, Kris, Pris and Tris. These names tend to be less commonly used than Iris.