Meaning and Origin of: Idle

Family name origins & meanings

  • Welsh : from the Welsh personal name Ith(a)el, Old Welsh Iudhail ‘bountiful lord’.
  • English : habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, which is probably named with a derivative of Old English īdel ‘unused ground’, ‘patch of waste land’.
  • English : derogatory nickname from Middle English idel ‘idle’, ‘indolent’, ‘useless’, ‘worthless’, ‘devoid of good works’.