Beatrix or Iris?

(36 Posts)
FingersCrossedLegsNot Fri 26-Jul-13 00:04:33

Which would you pick and why? Also, what kind of feel/vibe do you get from the name? Thanks

dimplebum Fri 26-Jul-13 00:06:01

Iris - love it. Heard a mum shouting the name of her daughter Iris in the park and have loved it ever since.

Iris is a beautiful name. Beatrix less.
I'd love to have though of Iris rather than the name DD has.

GoodMorningMoon Fri 26-Jul-13 00:09:42

Beatrix-my beautiful grandmother who sits in a rocker and reads me Peter Rabbit.

Iris-my favourite flower, springtime, dark eyes.

I'd pick Iris.

OrangeLily Fri 26-Jul-13 00:15:13

Love Beatrix but would might be hard to say and be shortened to Bea? Which is quite cute.

Iris is also lovely though.

chinley Fri 26-Jul-13 00:21:28

I prefer Beatrix, not really keen on Iris, sounds a bit old fashioned.

domesticslattern Fri 26-Jul-13 00:49:17

Beatrix is a beautiful name but bear in mind you will spend your entire life clarifying whether it is Beatrix or Beatrice. If your DD will also need to spell her surname that could become... tiresome.

looki Fri 26-Jul-13 00:54:49


Lutrine Fri 26-Jul-13 03:50:39

Iris, such a beautiful name! It was very high on our list of favourite names for DD.

cantthinkofanythingwitty Fri 26-Jul-13 04:35:46

iris is lovely x

sleepingbeautiful Fri 26-Jul-13 05:16:43

Beatrix is a bit harsh sounding I find. It reminds me of dominatrix, or Bellatrix in HP.

I love Iris. My Great Aunt was called Iris (1st world war baby), and was a very boundary pushing lady of her era. I only wouldn't use it if your DD is likely to be short and dumpy genetically. I think Daisy works better on a short person than Iris.

sleepywombat Fri 26-Jul-13 05:20:29

Iris. I know 3 Beatrixes born in the last few months. Seems they just want an excuse to call their dds 'Trixie' - tis the new Lola.

MyNameIsLola Fri 26-Jul-13 05:28:57

Iris is just beautiful. For me, it's timeless, elegant yet feminine and suits all ages.

Beatrix I'm not so keen on, it sounds a little harsh on a teeny one. Beatrice is nicer but still not as lovely as Iris.

MummyCoolski Fri 26-Jul-13 06:12:44

I like both a lot.

Beatrix is gaining popularity and if you add in Beatrice as another source of nn Bea, I think it is really quite common (as in prevalent, not in the pejorative sense).

Iris makes me think of a book I've just read. It was amazing but pretty sad. I can see it becoming a film in the future, so you may wish to check it out as one of the main characters is named Iris. It is called The Bellweather Revivals.

QueLinda Fri 26-Jul-13 08:07:56

I like both. Beatrix is more solid and traditional and Iris more chic and part of the classical Greek myth names so seems quite romantic to me.

ch1134 Fri 26-Jul-13 10:23:57

I love Iris but it doesn't go with my surname. such a beautiful flower and such a lovely sound, and works in many languages

Viviennemary Fri 26-Jul-13 13:06:57

I much prefer Iris.

mamaknows Fri 26-Jul-13 13:52:02

I think Iris is a lovely name!

It's also the name of one of my grandmothers and I always found it beautiful and absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am a Goo Goo Dolls fan wink

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sat 27-Jul-13 09:37:56

Ok so it seems to be leaning towards Iris. Is Iris popular or is it on the brink of exploding?

Jemimapuddleduk Sat 27-Jul-13 14:08:13

Hello- gorgeous names.
I have a baby Iris and Beatrix was also on our list. Other names with that 'feel' are Constance, Elsie, Sylvia.
I haven't met another baby Iris yet in my area (north west) but have come across a few Beatrice's (spelt that way).

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 14:16:54

Prefer Beatrice (nn Bea) not keen on Iris as it makes me think of the Iris of the eye - that might just be me though!!

I know babies/ young children with those names in south west.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 14:18:15

Sylvie/ Sylvia i think is lovely and i don't know any body under the age of 80 with that name!!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 27-Jul-13 21:02:31


It's softer, and Beatrix is a bit... Posher.

Also, i do like Sylvie/ Sylvia

Cocodale Sat 27-Jul-13 21:28:06

I love the name Iris, know one 6 yr old and she lovely.

wanderinglonelyasacloud Sun 28-Jul-13 21:37:05

I love both, especially iris

GettingStrong Sun 28-Jul-13 21:42:15

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Rhubarbgarden Sun 28-Jul-13 22:34:25

Iris. Beautiful flower. Not keen on Beatrix and there's a Bea in every playground at the moment.

Leeds2 Sun 28-Jul-13 23:09:49

Absolutely love Iris. If I had a DD tomorrow (unlikely, lol!) that is what she would be called.

I would never choose Beatrix, but don't dislike it. Confusion with Beatrice would probably annoy me.

Beamur Sun 28-Jul-13 23:14:41

May I commend you on your excellent taste in names! grin
I have a Beatrice myself, and Iris was on my short list. Beatrice/Beatrix seems to be hugely gaining in popularity though - I thought we'd picked a less common name, but there are others at her school and I know of at least 2 baby Bea's born in the last year or two. I don't know any little girls called Iris.
I've never had anyone confused about my DD's name - they are similar (Beatrice/Beatrix) but do sound clearly different at the end.

telsa Sun 28-Jul-13 23:23:01

Go for Beatrix.any name with an x in it is so cool and you get some lovely nn potential.
I know quite a few Irises and think the name is somewhat ugly and prim.

ClaraBean Mon 29-Jul-13 01:29:53

My 12 year old is Iris, I always wished it was my name, it is just so cool and elegant. I also love Iris Murdoch.
Beatrix was on our long list too, it is funky and cool, rather than timeless and elegant imo, but still lovely.

mathanxiety Mon 29-Jul-13 01:39:49

Beatrix -- far zippier and more stylish. I love the X in it. Iris reminds me of Iris Robinson.

EatYourCrusts Mon 29-Jul-13 09:19:56


melika Mon 29-Jul-13 09:30:53

Yuk to Beatrix, Iris is ok. I'm sorry but these names are the dregs.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Mon 29-Jul-13 14:32:29

Oh ClaraBean does your Iris like her name?

ClaraBean Mon 29-Jul-13 17:45:57

Yeah, she really loves it. She is the only one we know, so she loves that she can be Iris and not Ruby H/B/L or whatever. She likes that she was named after somebody special to me and her dad (Iris Murdoch) . It really suits her too. I am still really happy that we chose Iris for her.

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