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Origin: Greek
Meaning: The Rainbow

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Iris

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Iris in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Iris:

  • Records indicate that 71,727 girls in the United States have been named Iris since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 1,122 people in the U.S. were given the name Iris. Those people are now 8 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      18 Positive Comments

  • "My newborn daughter I named Iris, after the song by the Goo Goo Dolls" Mar. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandfather had a baby sister named Iris Isabella. Sadly, she died at 14 months of age in 1924. My daughter, Iris Isabella was born 80 years after her great-great-aunt passed away. My girl loves her name and has a very old baby photo of the original Iris which she treasures." Jan. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby is named Iris and she was born in April. There was an American historian called Iris Chang and I bought a book by her. That's what got me interested in this name and I thought if I have a girl then I will name her that. I love this name." Aug. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've only known one girl named Iris, love how unique it is, yet it's not strange or hard to pronounce. I'm pregnant and if it's a girl I think it'd be a perfect name!" Aug. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris i am from cuba a small island in the caribbean my mom gave me this name because she thaight it sounded colorful some people tease me about it but i love my name the way it is i wanted my name to be Fay or hope even faith" Jun. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "thats my name but im mexican so it sounds better in spanish and its funny to see that people cant pronounce it. :P i love my name" Mar. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just gave this name to our lovely new born baby girl. It is so classic and beautiful name, all my friends and relatives love this name. Imaging a cute little girl with a rainbow, flower.... it is so wonderful connection, isn't it?" Feb. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a terrible time with my name at times growing up. Teased in class during biology because you can "find Iris in your eye", and it also rhymes with words that aren't exactly the best in the world. I even wrote a short story called: "All I wanted was to be called Jennifer" because no one could tease such a named person purely based on their name. However, once I learned more about the origin of the name, that Iris was the name of the messenger of the Gods who delivered messages on a rainbow and the flower--with so many different colors (I was named after it--it made such an impression on my mother--even only in painted form) I have a friend now that comments: "I don't know anyone who loves their name more than you." Well, it took me awhile to get there, but I DO love my name. And all that teasing--I'm paid back ten fold these days because I get a compliment on how it's such a pretty name nearly everyday. I wouldn't change it for the world. I also like that it is known as a name, but it is NOT common--I hope it stays that way." Nov. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a pretty name that makes me think of a flower. And not too over done, either." Oct. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a pretty name that makes me think of a flower. And not too over done, either." Oct. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Name chosen by director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann for their daughter. I absolutely love it, and if I have a daughter, this will be her name." Oct. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Both my wife and I love this name and we will give this name to our baby girl who will be born in next January. It is a very unique name. We believe our daughter will love it too." Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a fairly difficult childhood. Long story short, once I was older, I no longer wanted to carry on his name. I was born with his last name and I also had his first name as my middle name (He was Anthony, my middle name was Toni). I changed my last name to my mother's maiden name (I'm married so it's different again, lol), and changed my middle name from Toni to Iris. Iris is a very strong and feminine name. It's graceful and artsy name and still fairly unique. I love the name." Aug. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris. There was a time I wondered why my mother would do such a thing to me! She said she named me after the goddess of the rainbow in mythology. Today (I am MUCH older), I find it is a strong, but feminine name and I'm glad to have it." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter name is Iris. I love the name cause it means "Rainbow" the messanger from Heven to Earth" Sep. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name! It's my daughter's name. Love that it's spelled exactly the same in Spanish. Love that it means "goddess of the rainbow"" Aug. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name! It's my daughter's name. Love that it's spelled exactly the same in Spanish. Love that it means "goddess of the rainbow"" Aug. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name. Pretty, classic, relatively unique - without being stupid, and easy to spell and pronounce" Mar. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is iris and I love my beautiful name born may 15th 2007" Mar. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name iris I'm 12 years old born in Wales not many people I know have very "unique" names to say that much, but my friends are called Keira and trinity which not may people are called. I've only met about 3 people named Iris in my lifetime, but I think there are lots of people called Iris in the world. Hello anyone named Iris out there!!" Nov. 5, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris,around 1967 I asked my Mum why she didn't call me Sadie which I loved.Funny how Sadie Frost called her daughter Iris x" Sep. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son called his daughter Iris after his favourite author Iris Murdoch i think. A simple floral name with the weighty significance of its meaning in Greek mythology as goddess messenger of the rainbow bridge between heaven and earth ! i agree this name sounds strong but feminine and sounds 'arty' and i would say my now 3 year old grandaughter exhibts all those traits already xx" Nov. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris and my sister ask my Mother to nane me that at the hospital.My sister said she didn't know where she had heard it before but she liked it.Thank you Linda, my sister ,for naming me a beautiful name" Mar. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Iris because Hermann Hesse's short story "Iris". She really loves it, but she has learned not to look at any cute accessories that come with pre-printed letters, because "Iris" is such a unique name. You won't find it on any key-chain, water bottle or letter I on towls:)" Sep. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is iris and i'm proud to have been named after my grandmothers friend. I've only met one iris in my life, and she was a professor at the university. I often wondered if i was the only iris in this world." Aug. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris and i love it . :D it's kinda special, I know alot of Sarah's and Lisa's but i don't know any Iris's other than myself so i'm proud of it. . :D" Jun. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris and I'm from Spain (Barcelona), everybody love my name and some English people pronounce it like irish xD. Iris is the name of a greek goddess ^^" Jan. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. It is a timeless classic. The iris is the part of the eye that sees colors. I think that is really beautiful. I love rainbows so much, which is why this name holds great symbolic meaning for me." Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is an Iris. It popped into my head when I was pregnant and that was it - I'd never considered it before so I feel like she chose it! It's a good strong name and I hope she'll grow to love it too." Nov. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "English actor Jude Law and his one-time wife, actress-turned-fashion designer Sadie Frost (one half of the duo FrostFrench), named their daughter Iris in 2000, thinking it to be much cooler than the no-longer-cool Lily and Rose." Jun. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Iris-I was named after my Aunt [Iris], in her generation the family names are mostly floral in origin. I have Aunts who are named Poppy, Violet, Camelia, Pansy and Heather. I am very proud to carry on a family tradition of floral first names." May. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Iris and majority of the people who meet me love my name. I don't like it, but people are inlove with it. However, when I am done with college and I decide to start having children, I want to name my daughter Goddess Siri because Iris is the Goddess of the rainbow and Siri is Iris spelled backwards. I think this is cute, what do you guys think?" Mar. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "iris is a very pretty name.Think about it theres a flower named iris A part of your eye named Iris and it means colors.Iris is a very special name!!!" Mar. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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