Welsh; Arabic
"lord; studious"

Idris Origin and Meaning

The name Idris is a boy's name of Arabic, Welsh origin meaning "lord; studious".

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 Quran. Idris Shah was a prominent Sufi writer.

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Idris Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Idris Popularity

Famous People Named Idris

  • Idrissa Akuna "Idris" ElbaBritish actor
  • IdrisKing of Libya
  • Idris I and IIKings of Morocco
  • Idris Shah II of Perak
  • Idris ShahIndian Sufi author
  • Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris)American jazz drummer
  • Idris DaviesWelsh poet
  • İdris GüllüceTurkish politician
  • Idris RahmanBritish musician

Idris in Pop Culture

  • Idris Gawrgiant and astronomer in Welsh mythology
  • Idristhe shadowhunter capital in The Mortal Instruments series
  • Idrishumanoid body that housed the TARDIS on TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Idrisdragon in British animated series "Ivor the Engine"
  • Idrischaracter in Mary Shelley's "The Last Man"
  • Idris Williamscharacter on Welsh TV series "Hinterland"
  • Cadair Idristhe 'Chair of Idris', mountain in Gwynedd, Wales where Idris Gawr studied the stars
  • Ancient Welsh name derived from *iuddmeaning '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.