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Name of the Day: Idris

Meaning enthusiastic prince, this Welsh name is simple yet exotic. Idris is also an Arabic name meaning to learn or study. Two excellent meanings for one name? Jackpot!

Currently the best known Idris is probably actor Idris Elba. However it also belonged to Idris Gawr, or Idris the Giant. He was a king in medieval times who could apparently sit upon a mountain and keep an eye on his whole kingdom.

My favorite famous Idris is Idris Davies. A famous Welsh poet, his works discuss many significant events and struggles in 20th century Wales. He saw both the beauty and struggles in every day life and his works seem very fresh, real and believable. Some of his works have been turned into folk songs.

Other famous Idris’ include many political leaders (king, sultan, etc.), politicians, musicians and more.