Of Greek origin.

The personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods.

Also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and sky. Iris linked the gods to humanity, traveling with the speed of the wind and into the depths of the sea.

Iris also means the colored part of the human eye, as well as the color referring to the shades ranging from blue to violet.

Was frequently mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, as a divine messenger and in Virgil’s Aeneid, usually as an agent of Juno.

Iris appears as a character in William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest”.

Famous bearers are Iris Van Herpen, Iris DeMent, Iris Strubegger, Iris Apfel.

Iris is a popular name in Iceland, France, Portugal, Netherlands, and Greece.