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Gender: M Meaning of Idris: "lord" Origin of Idris: Welsh

A common Welsh name virtually unknown before the emergence of the charismatic Idris Elba, first on The Wire and then depicting Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film.

Idris Hawr "the Giant" was a legendary seventh century Welsh giant and magician who gave his name to a well known mountain, "Idris's Fort"

Idris also exists in Arabic, meaning "to learn, study" and is the name of a prophet mentioned twice in the Koran. Idris Shah was a prominent Sufi writer.

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Famous People Named Idris

Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba, British actor, producer, singer, and DJ
Idris Shah, author

Pop Culture References for the name Idris

In Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, Idris was the name of the shadowhunter capital.
In Doctor Who, Idris was the name of the humanoid body that housed the TARDIS at one point.
Cadair Idris, literally 'Chair of Idris', is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales.

Ancient Welsh name derived from *iudd, meaning 'lord' (an obsolete element also found in Gruffudd/Griffith), and ris, 'ardent, impulsive' (same as Rhys). It was revived in the mid-19th century and used very regularly until the 1920s, but infrequent thereafter.