Gender: Male Meaning of Connor: "lover of hounds" Origin of Connor: Irish Connor's Popularity in 2018: #57

Connor Origin and Meaning

The name Connor is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "lover of hounds".

Connor, the appealing name of an early semi-legendary king of Ulster in Irish mythology, sits firmly in the Top 100 and taken together with its alternate spellings would rank even higher. In its native Ireland the Conor version is one of the highest charting boys’ name.

Connor MacLeod was the name of the title character in the 1986 film The Highlander, which helped promote the name.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise have a teen-aged son named Connor, while Eric Clapton has a younger Conor; the name of the Irish writer and historian is spelled Conor Cruise O'Brien.

Since Connor means 'lover of hounds,' it might make a good choice for a dog-loving family. In fact, one of the sons in Marley and Me is given that name.

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Rank in US: #57

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Famous People Named Connor

Pop Culture References for the name Connor

Konnor, Conner, Con, Conn, Connory, Cahner

Connor's International Variations

Concobhar (Irish Gaelic)


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Connor: Seen in 2011 chugging a Mtn. Dew Code Red while playing Call of Duty on the Xbox with his other soon-to-be-dated counterparts, Tanner and Aidan. Let's leave this name in the past.

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I never really liked the name Connor. But now, I have a nephew named Connor Kevin Bernard & now I like it. Its grown on me. It's the only name my brother and wife could agree on . Lol

ViktoriaMagrey Says:


Oh, man, I can't wait for the slew of people named Connor after Detroit: Become Human came out. The hilarious thing is that if they're named at around this time, they're going to be like twenty when the year 2038 rolls around, which couldn't be more perfect.

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


My brother was almost named Connor, but his name is actually Evan. I think the name he has now suits him more.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Really like this name

LV51sfan91 Says:


Great name especially when spelled this way! No one N business or er ending (Conner)

hermioneameliastyles Says:


A perfect name for a little boy. I love this name partly because of Connor Franta.

RoddyThlayli Says:


My favorite spelling of Connor. Also, I think the original spelling was Conchobar. Not sure, though.

Zelliew Says:


A good strong name

Hydra Says:


Haha. I'm female, but this is my name. Never had any problems. I actually really like my name. Usually I get asked how I spell it-Conner is far more common in my area-and occasionally somebody will act surprised I'm a girl, but most don't care. I like it.

Addie88 Says:


Handsome, masculine, "real," and strong while also being current. Hard to find in a male baby name these days.