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Gender: M Meaning of Idris: "lord; studious" Origin of Idris: Welsh; Arabic

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.

Famous People Named Idris

Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba, British actor
Idris, King of Libya
Idris I and II, Kings of Morocco
Idris Shah II of Perak
Idris Shah, Indian Sufi author
Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris), American jazz drummer
Idris Davies, Welsh poet
İdris Güllüce, Turkish politician
Idris Rahman, British musician

Pop Culture References for the name Idris

Idris Gawr, giant and astronomer in Welsh mythology
Idris, the shadowhunter capital in The Mortal Instruments series
Idris, humanoid body that housed the TARDIS on TV's "Doctor Who"
Idris, dragon in British animated series "Ivor the Engine"
Idris, character in Mary Shelley's "The Last Man"
Idris Williams, character on Welsh TV series "Hinterland"
Cadair Idris, the 'Chair of Idris', mountain in Gwynedd, Wales where Idris Gawr studied the stars

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.