Arabic, I names, Male, Mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh, Welsh mythology, Word names


Idris is a male name with two different origins and meanings:

  • it’s a Welsh name meaning “ardent lord” from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive). In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name to a mountain, Cadair Idris (Chair of Idris);
  • it’s also an Arabic name meaning “to study” or “to learn” from Arabic darasa though I’ve also seen it listed as possibly meaning “interpreter”. Idris is also the Arabic name of the prophet Enoch in the Bible;

Idris is also a surname derived from both sources.

Origin: Welsh, Arabic



  • İdris (Turkish)


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