Gender: Male Meaning of Conan: "little wolf" Origin of Conan: Irish

The name Conan is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "little wolf". Conan and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven/Hell/Purgatory: Unusual & Outlandish Boys".

From the experts:

The fierce image of the Barbarian made a complete turnaround thanks to amiable talk show host O'Brien, making Conan one of the newly desirable Irish choices, a perfect alternative to Conor/Connor.

In Gaelic, Conan was the name of an illustrious seventh-century Irish saint, bishop of the Isle of Man. Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Scotland, of Irish stock.

16 names similar to Conan

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Conan. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Conan, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Conan using our baby name generator.


Conan is #556 on Nameberry

- this week

Famous People Named Conan

Pop Culture References for the name Conan

Con, Conant, Conn, Connie


waceycs Says:


I named my first son Conan AFTER Conan the Barbarian. I've been a lifelong fan of the character and the writer who created him. I still call him my little barbarian.

RoddyThlayli Says:


This has been one of my absolute favorite names (along with Doyle) ever since I read Sherlock Holmes.

Mirimouse Says:


I would never joke about a kid's name (especially not in that kid's earshot) but Conan the barbarian is all I can ever think of when I hear this name.

thenameprincess Says:


I love the name and the meaning however I would be worried about other parents making Conan the barbarian jokes. Not sure if that reference is still relevant enough to really worry about... Thoughts?