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


Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: “dog.”
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:

  • # 63 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 42 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • # 69 (Scotland, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Kaleb (German/Polish/Scandinavian)
  • Caleb (English/French/Spanish)
  • Kalev (Estonian/Russian)
  • Kalev כָּלֵב (Hebrew: Biblical)
  • Kalebas (Lithuanian)
  • Kołef (Polish)
  • Calebe (Portuguese)
  • Kolev (Russian)

In Estonia, the designated name-day is June 23.


  1. Caleb“. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.
  5. Hoffman William F and George W. Helon, First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins and Meanings, (Polish Genealogical Society of America, 1998)