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:
Eng (KAY-leb; Heb KAH-lev)
The name is believed to be derived from the Hebrew kēleb meaning, “dog”, which by some, is believed to be a euphemism for loyalty.
The name is borne in the Old Testament by one of the spies sent into the land of Canaan by Moses, (Numbers 26:65).
The name was not common until after the Protestant Reformation, where the name was occasionally used among Puritans in the 17th-century. The name died out and was suddenly revived within the last twenty years. It is currently the 34th most popular male name in the United States, (2008). In other countries, his popularity is as follows: