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Olympic Names 2018: Part One

I love watching the Olypmics, and one of the major reasons is to see all the wonderful names. I've done quite a few posts on them before (click here to view them!), so I knew I had to do some more this year!
Here are a few of the names I found most interesting.

Akuoma Omeoga (Nigerian)
Blayre Turnbull (Canadian) Breanna "Breezy" Johnson (American) Brita Sigourney (American)
Cendrine Browne (Canadian) Cornelia Hütter (Austrian)
Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgarian) Dorothea Wierer (Italian) Dunja Zdouc (Austrian)
Ebba Andersson (Swedish) Emőke Szőcs (Hungarian) Esmee Visser (Dutch) Estelle Alphand (Swedish) Ewa Kuls-Kusyk (Polish)
Fanuza Kadirova (Russian) Federica Brignone (Italian) Freydís-Halla Einarsdóttir (Icelandic) Frida Hansdotter (Swedish)
Gaia Vuerich (Italian) Galina Arsenkina (Russian) Gigi Marvin (American)
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (Norwegian)
Keaton McCargo (American) Kerttu Niskanen (Finnish) Kikkan Randall (American - her name was a compromise between her paren…


Idris Elba
Origin: Welsh
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Ardent lord"
Pronunciation: IHD-ris
Other forms: N/A

Since Idris Elba seems to be the new "it guy", I thought now would be the perfect time to profile his name. Idris comes from the Welsh udd meaning "lord" or "prince" and ris, "ardent, impulsive, enthusiastic". Mr. Elba is really Idrissa Akuna Elba; His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and his mother, Eve, is from Ghana. Although Idris is rather rare, there are other namesakes, including poet Idris Davies, Malaysian footballer Idris Abdul Karim, Saint Idris the Prophet, and a female example, Idris the Tardis from "Doctor Who".

Idris Gawr, or "Idris the Giant", was a King of Meirionnydd who was said to have won a battle against the Irish on the mountain Cadair Idris (known locally as Cader Idris), which means "Chair of Idris". Other legends state that there actually was a giant named Idris who used the mountain as a chair in which to study the stars. It is said that any one who spent a night there would either be bestowed with poetic inspiration, or madness. I love Idris - it is unusual but easy to pronounce - and I really hope with Idris Elba bringing the name into the spotlight it will become more popular.


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