Iris is a female Greek name. The roots of the Greek name Iris are found in the ancient years. Iris was a deity, the deity of the Rainbow.

In modern Greek the word iris is used as an alternative for the rainbow phenomenon. This name can also be given in reference to the Greek words for the name of the iris flower or the colored part of the eye.

female Greek name Iris

Sound of name Iris: Eé-rees

Male Version of name Iris: N/A

Nameday of Iris: September 23rd

Origin of name Iris – Agia Rais (St Rais)

Although Iris derives from the homonym ancient Greek name and word, for the Greek Orthodox Church  the name is associated with a woman named Rais or Irais.

She was born in Egypt, daughter of a man named Peter. At the age of 12 she became a nun. One day, when she went to the spring to bring water she saw many Christians that were arrested by the Emperor Lucian. Rais (or Irais) approached these people although she was advised not to, so as not to be in danger.

Rais did not leave; she even spitted against the guards who arrested her as well.  The guards tortured her and decapitated her. The Greek Orthodox Church named her a Saint celebrating her memory on the nameday of Iris on September 23rd.

Nicknames deriving from name Iris

As most ancient Greek names, Iris doesn’t have any nicknames or diminutives.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Iris

Iris is an introverted woman; she is very sensitive and very loyal to her friends and family.

2 thoughts on “Iris”

  1. My name is Irais, spelled just like that, pronounced Iris. I am not of Greek origin but this name has been in my family for a couple hundred years. Spanish/Mexican.

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