Juniper vs. Iris

We are due in a month with our fifth little love and trying decide between the names Juniper and Iris. We are also considering naming her Juniper Iris but not sure which we would call her. 

Our other kids are:

Judah, Brista, Theo and Piper

My biggest concern with Juniper is the similarlity to our son Judah. We sometimes call him Jude and I wonder if that would keep us from being able to call her June ever. 

Would love any thoughts on which name fits best with our other kids and on middle name ideas. We are stuck!


May 12, 2017 3:47 PM

Yeah, Juniper is too much Judah + Piper.  Go with Iris (which is lovely).

May 13, 2017 5:17 PM

This was my immediate thought too. As you love both names I'd go with Iris to give more distinction from her siblings.

May 12, 2017 4:44 PM

I noticed 3 of the others have a a sounding ending and 2 syllables,  maybe match an O sound with Theo





Marlo  /Marlow


Margo / Margeux/ Margaux/Margot

Claudo/ Claudeux /Claudaux











Juno - I'm not keen on names with the same letter though


what sort of middle names do you like?


Catherine  Addison Amara

Elizabeth   Annabel  Leticia  Juliet

Delaney   Emily Everly  Genevieve

Isabelle     Evelyn   Natalie

Susannah  Adeline Rebekah

Eve         Quinn  Skye  Wren  Shea Paige

Anne       Jade  June Jean    Brooke

Fleur        Jewel   Lark    Maeve

Grace      Hope  Faith   Kate   Joy

May         Claire   Brynn Blair  Fleur


from those 2 names I'd pick Iris,  or Juno to keep 2 syllabes

May 12, 2017 5:37 PM

On their own, Juniper & Iris are both lovely.  While Judah and Juniper would be OK together, I agree that Jude and June are too similar.  I hadn't noticed that Juniper was kind of a mash-up of Judah + Piper, but now that it has been pointed out, it's something I can't really un-notice.  

You really can't go wrong with Iris, but if you want something with more of the feel of Juniper without the similarity to Judah and Piper, perhaps Clover?

May 12, 2017 8:56 PM

Thanks, you are confirming my worries about Juniper though I still love the name. I do like Clover but we have friends whose daughter is Clover so that is out. We love Iris so that will be her name if we decide against Juniper. 

If we go with Iris I would like the balance the old lady feel of Iris with a more fun middle name but most of the names I like tend to be older also such as June, Claire, Louisa..I have considered Beatrix, Luna or Jolie as middle names also.

May 13, 2017 1:52 AM

I have an Iris! It has worn well over the past nearly-five years. I don't think you have to worry about balancing the old lady vibe. A much stronger association for us (and unexpected bonus) to the name has been that a lot of other Irises we meet are of Hispanic descent (of all ages), which gives the name a lovely multicultural flair.

Choose a middle name you love, or that is meaningful.

I think Iris Juniper is lovely.

By mk
May 17, 2017 1:28 AM

Reverse the names and use Iris Juniper

You still get to use both names you love while avoiding the issues others have posted. I personally prefer Iris as the first name.

May 17, 2017 1:35 PM

I have a 10 yr old niece named Iris, and I've never found her name old-ladyish. It feels fresh and alive and young, perhaps because she is! 

By rooo
May 13, 2017 3:11 PM

Iris is a great choice! Iris Juniper is a little too botanical for my taste, but if you love it use it. What about Iris Mae? Iris Eloise? Iris Miranda? Iris Juliet? Iris Blake? 

May 17, 2017 2:45 AM

I love Iris and don't think it has an old lady vibe.  And I'm smiling a bit at the Hispanic comment - all the women named Iris I know are Dutch or Scandinavian!  (albeit pronounced ee-ris)

Iris Juniper is a fantastic name.  Otherwise, I'm all about honoring a person or place with middle name slot. Nobody uses it, but it's a way to infuse a name with special meaning.



May 17, 2017 5:25 PM

I have yet another cultural association with the name Iris—to me, it is all middle-aged/old Asian American lady. But I'm sure a cute baby or toddler could freshen it right up for me. (Grace used to be in this same category—for years I only ran across it in the APA community, where it was pretty common. Then in the past decade or so I've seen it popping up all over the place, so it has lost that particular expectation for me.)

May 17, 2017 9:06 PM

My associations with the name Iris are:

The flower

A 36-year-old Israeli-Canadian friend of a friend

Iris Apfel. (If you don't know her, look her up. She is rather inspiring. Yes, she's an old lady, but nothing about her is "old lady"!)

May 17, 2017 9:36 PM

I had not heard of Iris Apfel but I looked her up. Nice association. 

We are leaning toward Iris Juniper. 

May 18, 2017 10:52 PM

I love this question because I have a Juniper and our dear friends have an Iris 6-mo older than our June. I agree that Jude and June are too similar for siblings (which I always find sad because Jude was one of my top boy names and I feel like it's off the table) and we love that we get to call Juniper, June. 

You honestly can't go wrong with Iris. It wears so well--lovely, spunky, and fresh while having a definite timeless quality. 

I love the idea of Iris Juniper. I wish I would have thought of it myself. Great names!

May 18, 2017 10:53 PM

Iris June is awesome, too. 

May 24, 2017 7:41 PM

Iris. Straight away. It goes with your other kids names and is a vintage gem. Juniper is a bit 'hippy' maybe. But June is another classic I like. Ripe for revival.