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Beatrix or Iris?

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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

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.

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

Oh ClaraBean does your Iris like her name?

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

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

I love both, especially iris

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

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

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


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

Also, i do like Sylvie/ Sylvia

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!!

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.

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).

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?

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

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

I much prefer Iris.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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