Connor, Conor

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Irish
Meaning: “wolf lover; hound lover.”

The name is derived from the Old Gaelic name Conchobhar meaning, “wolf lover; hound lover.”

Conor is the traditional Irish spelling while Connor is a common Anglicized version used outside of Ireland.

In Irish legend history, it was borne by a legendary King of Ulster, the lover of Deirdre. It was borne by several other Irish kings and has been a popular name in Ireland for centuries. He is currently the 3rd most popular male name in Ireland, (2008). He is also very popular in other English-speaking countries, his rankings are as follows:

  • # 43 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 32 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • # 41 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 3 (Isle of Man, 2009)
  • # 26 (Scotland, 2009)
  • # 57 (United States, 2008)

Other forms are Conchobhar and Conchúr.

A popular nickname in Ireland is usually Connie.


  3. Thomas Kinsella (translator), The Táin, Oxford University Press, 1969, p. 3

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