What are your thoughts, opinions and associations concerning the name Iris?

Do you think it can pass off as an honor name for grandma Irene?

What do you think of it paired with the middle name we've decided on, Florentina?

Hypothetically speaking, would Iris be too similar to brother Tobias' name?

Right now, this is our front runner for a daughter. For a boy we're stuck between Iago, Levi and Caio. Thoughts on these three? Middle name would either be Florian, Florentin or Florentino, depending on flow.

Thank you very much for all the help so far, and thank you for those taking the time to read and respond to all of these questions!


February 15, 2016 9:16 PM

I've always loved the name Iris, very pretty.  No personal association, but I think it would it in well with other vintage-style names.

Yes, I think Iris is a reasonable tribute for an Irene.

It does sound very floral to me because of Flora being sort of in Florentina (though I realize they don't share the same root). But I don't think that is neassarily a bad thing.  The flow is nice, and the meaning behind them both trumps any potential problems.

Iris & Tobias do nearly rhyme, but I think they are different enough that they can work together.  Does Tobias ever go by Toby?  



February 15, 2016 9:21 PM

Yes, he does go by Toby sometimes, especially around my husband's family. At home we mostly pronounce his name Toh-bee-us, which is how we say it in Portuguese, but we don't mind at all the standard English pronunciation and he answers to both.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

February 15, 2016 11:02 PM

I think the sometimes nickname of Toby and toh-bee-us makes the names even better together.  If he's called toh-bee-us at home, my guess is that will be his default for his own name, which means most people in an English context will either learn it or default to Toby.  This pretty much eliminates the (minor) concern I had about Iris & Toh-bye-us being near rhymes.

February 15, 2016 11:11 PM

Are you pronouncing Iris as EYE-ris or EE-ris? or both (as for Tobias)?

February 16, 2016 8:06 AM

I think that it'll always be flexible here at home. Dad and his family say EYE-ris and I say both EE-rees and EYE-ris. We really like both. I guess that's the rule with all of our kids' names. Zel1a goes by ZEE-lya in English and ZEH-lya - like in the word Zeppelin ;) We call her Zizi as a nickname.

February 21, 2016 1:12 PM

For what it's worth, my husband and I read through these forums together on Sunday mornings, and when we got to your boys' list we both shouted at the iPad in unison "DON'T USE IAGO." Maybe it's because we both have degrees in theater AND came of age when Disney's Aladdin made the name famous via a villainous parrot, but that is just far too much Shakespearean and pop culture baggage to bestow on a presumably angelic child. I am rarely so forceful when it comes to expressing opinions on here, but we both had such a strong reaction that we'd encourage you to explore your other choices more.