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What does Iris mean?

Iris Pronunciation of Iris 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, flower, mythology, messenger (prophet), goddess, heaven, earth


VARIANTS Irida, Iridiana, Iridianny, Irisa, Irisha, Irita

SEE ALSO Rainbow



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How popular is Iris?

Iris is a very prominent first name for females (#325 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#70273 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Iris reached its highest rank of #138 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Iris name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Iris outside U.S.

Similar Names

Iris is pronounced similarly to Eris, Eriss, Erys, Eryss and Eurys. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Alis, Anis, Ardis, Artis, Avis, Caris, Chris, Cis, Cris, Doris, Edris, Elis, Idris, Ili, Ilisa, Ilise, Ines, Innis, Ira, Iren, Irina, Irine, Irit, Irma, Isis, Ivie, Karis, Khris, Kris, Lis, Lois, Loris, Lyris, Maris, Meris, Neris, Nis, Paris, Pris, Sis, Tais and Tris. These names tend to be less frequently used than Iris.

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