Boy Baby Name

Conor

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Quick Facts on Conor

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 572
Pronunciation:
KAHN-ər
Simple meaning:
Dog/wolf Lover

Characteristics of Conor

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Conor

The name Connor is an Anglicized form of the ancient Gaelic name Conchobhar which most etymologists conclude to mean “lover of hounds”. In Irish mythology, Conchobhar (Connor) MacNessa was the legendary king of Ulster said to be born at the same time as Jesus Christ. He is remembered most for his ill-fated marriage to Deirdre. One day King Conor attended a celebratory feast in his honor given by Femlin, a lord of Ulster. During the merriment, a messenger arrived with news that Femlin’s wife had just given birth to a baby girl. As the men drank to the baby’s health, a Druid was sent to predict the child’s future. When the Druid foretold that the baby would grow to be the fairest of all women in Ireland but that she would marry a king and bring ruin upon the kingdom of Ulster, King Conor decided to take the baby, hide her safely away and make her his own wife when she reached marriageable age. This way, no foreign king could have her. They named the baby Deirdre which is Celtic for “woman”. As Deidre grew older and the wedding day neared, she was repulsed by the aged king who was to become her husband. She fell in love with the king’s nephew, a handsome warrior named Naoise. At first, Naoise tried to reject the girl’s advances knowing she was promised to the king, but her beauty overpowered him. The two young lovers eloped and escaped to Scotland. Eventually Conor tricked the lovers into returning to Ulster by promising forgiveness but then promptly had Naoise killed for his treason. Deirdre was then forced to marry the king but she steadfast refused to look at him or even smile for a year. When Conor finally asked her what she hated most of all, she answered “Thou thyself. And Éogan son of Duracht” (Éogan being the king’s servant who killed Naoise). Whether as an act of revenge or a reaction to his own wounded pride, Conor cruelly sent Deirdre to be with Éogan for a year. As she’s leaving to go with Éogan, Deirdre jumped out of the chariot hurling her head against a rock and died instantly. According to legend, two yew trees sprung from the separate gravesites of Deirdre and Naoise and grew so tall that their limbs intertwined over either side of a church remaining together for eternity. King Conor’s ruthless treatment of Deirdre and Naoise doesn’t exactly cast him in the most attractive of lights; he was nonetheless a brave and capable king (as a result, the name is often associated with adjectives “strong-willed” and “wise”). It was his desire for Deirdre that proved his ultimate downfall. Conchobhar (Conor) was also the name of several other early Irish kings, and the name has remained in constant use since ancient times (giving birth to the surname O'Connor). The anglicized version of Conor is still extremely popular in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man today.

Popularity of the Name Conor

Conor with one “n” is the most typical spelling used in Ireland and Northern Ireland, although parents in the United States prefer Connor with a double “n”. The more traditional spelling of Conor was first to enter the U.S. popularity charts in 1977 as interest in Irish names began to take shape in America. Connor with two “n”s quickly followed in 1981 and overtook Conor in popularity (even Conner is a more widely used spelling variation). Now Conor is going backwards in usage while Connor remains a top choice for boys among American parents. Since the name has become so popular, it now must compete with several other spelling variations such as Conner, Konner and Konnor. Conor is probably the most Irish way to spell this name if you’re looking at it from that angle, and Connor/Conner are more surnamey in terms of spelling choices. The spelling variations that favor the “K” over the “C” are highly americanized and a little kitschy to some. The names all sound essentially the same so it just comes down to spelling preference. If you’re of Irish heritage, we say stick with Conor. Outside of Ireland, Connor is the most heavily used version of the name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Conor
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Conor

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Conor

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Conor

    Conor We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Conor.

  • Popular Songs on Conor

    Popular Songs on Conor

    Conor - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Conor.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Conor

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Conor

    Conor and Percy: A Boy and A Dragon (Brian F. Bailey) - Percy, the magical dragon, spends seven years, living under the garden shed, before meeting and befriending a boy named Conor. Percy teaches his friend Conor about dragons, displays his magical skills, and tells him dragon stories. Conor finds out his Grandad's closely guarded secret, he witnesses an important dragon ritual, when Percy is made a Golden Dragon, and he meets Percy's family and the Dragon King. All of this will change his life forever. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Conor and the Crossworlds, Book One: Breaking the Barrier (Kevin Gerard) - Part of a series. Book One: Breaking the Barrier, is the first of five novels in the Conor and the Crossworlds YA fantasy adventure series. The story introduces the protagonist, Conor Jameson, a normal kid from California. It also introduces Purugama, a giant flying cougar who takes Conor on a journey of discovery. Purugama is one of the Champions of the Crossworlds, protectors of everything good in his dimension. He is very powerful, and he can talk and cast magical spells. Conor's uncle's death has devastated him. It's up to Purugama to create magical scenes and throw Conor into the circumstances so he might realize what happened to his uncle. The story in Book One sets the stage for the other four novels in the series. Enjoy the Journey! Recommended for ages young adult.

    Conor's Choice (Thomasson Moore) - Why was Conor so different? What made him so special? Conor's life had been routine but, without knowing it, he'd always been in danger. Creatures from the past were now stalking him. They were after him with a vengeance, and nothing would stop them. Conor ended up in hospital, one which catered for children with deep psychiatric problems, problems which had grown and worsened over the last few years. What he learned there shook him, and his path then took him to the other side of the world, to a place where he had to make a choice, one so important that it would affect all of those who lived on the planet, changing their lives forever. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Conor's Concert (Gillian Perdue) - Conor is learning the piano. But the tunes he must practise are boring. Conor wants to play something exciting. He makes up his own very special music. But will it do for the concert? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Conor's Cowboy Suit (Gillian Perdue) - When Conor's parents give him a present of a cowboy suit he wants to wear it all the time. At school Conor is teased about his cowboy outfit, but he doesn't care. Then the other children in his class think it's great fun and they want to dress up too. So their teacher decides that all the class may dress up on Fridays. Even Teacher dresses up -- as the sheriff! Conor's big sister is jealous, so she wears her magician's outfit to school -- but everyone else in her class is in uniform, until, of course, they too want to dress up. And all because of Conor and his cowboy suit! Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Conor

    Famous People Named Conor

    Famous People Named Conor - Conor Casey (soccer player); Conor Gillaspie (baseball player); Conor Jackson (baseball player); Conor Oberst (singer/songwriter)

  • Children of Famous People Named Conor

    Children of Famous People Named Conor

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Conor - Eric Clapton (musician); Craig Biggio (baseball player); Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (attorney/activist)

  • Historic Figures

    Conor - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Conor - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Conor.

Personality of the Boy Name Conor

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Conor

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