October 30, 2008


Iris ~ Rainbow ~ Greek

My husband recommended I feature this name next, and I was so glad he did. I love the name Iris. It's in the floral family of girl's names, and it sounds a little vintage without being too old-fashioned. It's popular enough that most will like it, but it's not overused and might be a good alternative to Lily or Rose. The sound is unique and I immediately imagine a flower when I hear it.

Iris is also a Greek goddess of the sea and sky, particularly of rainbows. The word is synonymous with rainbow or colors in many languages, and it's where we get the term for the colored part of the eye. Each person's iris is unique in colors and patterns, just like our fingerprints are one-of-a-kind.

A lot of art has been inspired by Iris one way or another. The flower is honored by Vincent Van Gogh in his painting titled Irises, and the name is used for a beautiful song by the Goo Goo Dolls. I suppose one could also credit some of the best childhood paintings and inspirational photos to iris as well, in the form of the rainbow.

Iris is ranked at #316.

Celebrity babies named Iris: