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Iris

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Iris

"Iris" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Colorful, Rainbow". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun I"ris
Senses
  1. [Class. Myth] The goddess of the rainbow, and swift-footed messenger of the gods.
  2. The rainbow.
  3. An appearance resembling the rainbow; a prismatic play of colors.
  4. [Anat] The contractile membrane perforated by the pupil, and forming the colored portion of the eye. See Eye.
  5. [Bot] A genus of plants having showy flowers and bulbous or tuberous roots, of which the flower-de-luce ( fleur-de-lis), orris, and other species of flag are examples. See Illust. of Flower-de-luce.
  6. [Her] See Fleur-de-lis, 2.
  7. [Zoöl] the inner circle of an oscillated color spot.
  8. same as iris diaphragm.

Etymology: L. iris iridis, the goddess, Gr. �, �, the rainbow, iris of the eye, the plant Iris. Cf. Orris

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Diaphragm consisting of thin overlapping plates that can be adjusted to change the diameter of a central opening
  2. Muscular diaphragm that controls the size of the pupil which in turn controls the amount of light that enters the eye; it forms the colored portion of the eye
  3. Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals
Wiktionary

Ancient Greek Ἶρις (Îris, “rainbow”).

  1. (Greek mythology) A messenger of the gods, and goddess of rainbows.
  2. A female given name; a flower name used since the end of the 19th century.
  3. (astronomy) Short for 7 Iris, a main belt asteroid.

Iris was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Iris

She holds the title Miss France 2016 and Miss France. Iris was born on January 25th, 1993 in Lille.

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Iris was born on August 29th, 1921 in Astoria, Queens.

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Iris Apatow is an actress. She has been prominent since 2007. Iris was born as the child of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann on October 12th, 2002.

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Iris DeMent is a country music, folk music, alternative country, and gospel music singer-songwriter. She plays Guitar, Piano, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Iris was given the name Iris Luella DeMent on January 5th, 1961 in Paragould, Arkansas, U.S.

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Iris Chang was an author and journalist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to 2003. Iris was born on March 28th, 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. She left this life on November 9th, 2004.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Iris

Donnie Iris is a rock music, pop rock, power pop, and hard rock musician. He plays Guitar and Human voice. He has had major accomplishments since 1961. Donnie was given the name Dominic Ierace on February 28th, 1943 in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

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Iris is a pop music and country music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to 2010. Iris was given the name Laura van den Bruel on January 19th, 1995 in Morkhoven. Iris is also known as Iris and Airis.

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Stuart was born in 1903. She died in 1936.

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Riedel-Kuhn was born on March 16th, 1954 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Tjasa was born on October 5th, 1968 in Kranj.

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Sharmel was born in 1889. He died in 1967.

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How popular is the baby name Iris in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 11 0
1881 8 8 0
1882 5 5 0
1883 7 7 0
1884 14 14 0
1885 15 15 0
1886 12 12 0
1887 10 10 0
1888 17 17 0
1889 20 20 0
1890 19 19 0
1891 25 25 0
1892 29 29 0
1893 28 28 0
1894 28 28 0
1895 44 44 0
1896 49 49 0
1897 56 56 0
1898 52 52 0
1899 44 44 0
1900 62 62 0
1901 46 46 0
1902 52 52 0
1903 65 65 0
1904 84 84 0
1905 100 100 0
1906 123 123 0
1907 141 136 5
1908 131 131 0
1909 138 138 0
1910 143 143 0
1911 173 173 0
1912 225 220 5
1913 316 310 6
1914 436 425 11
1915 576 563 13
1916 586 577 9
1917 628 617 11
1918 660 655 5
1919 689 677 12
1920 646 633 13
1921 712 700 12
1922 664 653 11
1923 892 875 17
1924 897 887 10
1925 957 947 10
1926 969 964 5
1927 1,027 1,022 5
1928 1,025 1,010 15
1929 995 979 16
1930 954 939 15
1931 912 895 17
1932 867 850 17
1933 773 765 8
1934 841 823 18
1935 825 816 9
1936 799 789 10
1937 787 780 7
1938 735 730 5
1939 748 748 0
1940 759 750 9
1941 707 700 7
1942 780 774 6
1943 717 711 6
1944 724 717 7
1945 645 645 0
1946 803 797 6
1947 872 865 7
1948 942 935 7
1949 931 920 11
1950 997 987 10
1951 903 894 9
1952 928 918 10
1953 929 921 8
1954 829 822 7
1955 895 889 6
1956 990 978 12
1957 908 897 11
1958 796 796 0
1959 768 768 0
1960 778 778 0
1961 712 707 5
1962 668 661 7
1963 564 555 9
1964 541 534 7
1965 513 507 6
1966 434 434 0
1967 439 433 6
1968 592 586 6
1969 612 604 8
1970 652 644 8
1971 538 538 0
1972 436 436 0
1973 514 514 0
1974 391 391 0
1975 420 414 6
1976 430 430 0
1977 374 374 0
1978 453 448 5
1979 500 492 8
1980 509 504 5
1981 499 489 10
1982 471 471 0
1983 394 389 5
1984 471 471 0
1985 477 467 10
1986 492 486 6
1987 439 432 7
1988 495 487 8
1989 549 541 8
1990 616 608 8
1991 647 640 7
1992 569 563 6
1993 539 539 0
1994 525 519 6
1995 496 490 6
1996 453 453 0
1997 486 481 5
1998 570 570 0
1999 683 674 9
2000 685 685 0
2001 733 733 0
2002 772 772 0
2003 786 786 0
2004 838 831 7
2005 877 877 0
2006 885 880 5
2007 1,066 1,066 0
2008 971 971 0
2009 1,033 1,033 0
2010 1,008 1,008 0
2011 1,056 1,051 5
2012 1,137 1,132 5
2013 1,248 1,248 0
2014 1,323 1,323 0
2015 1,508 1,499 9
2016 1,736 1,736 0

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Popularity of Iris as a first name

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Popularity of Iris as a last name

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Common last names for Iris

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Hall
  • Thompson
  • Rodriguez
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Iris U.S.
  White 65.71% 64.26%
  African American 8.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.04% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 17.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Iris

People with the last name Iris are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Iris

  • How Popular is the name Iris? Iris is the 752nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Iris was the 78,040th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Iris have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 78,318 babies born with the first name Iris in the United States. That's more than enough people named Iris to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Iris? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Iris first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Iris is Thursday, June 1st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Iris born? The highest recorded use of the first name Iris was in 2016 with a total of 1,736 babies. That's a lot of babies named Iris!
  • Random Iris Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Iris ranks 88th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 11 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Iris: Your name in reverse order is Siri. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iris. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Iris? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 245 people with the last name Iris.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Iris? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Iris as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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