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