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Etymology & Historical Origin - Konnor
Konnor is one of those spelling mutations that American parents (well, at least some) are so enamored with. Switching a traditionally spelled C name to a K name is practically an American pastime. Now that Connor is such a popular boy’s name in the United States, respelled versions started to emerge (there are a total of five variations of this name on the charts today). Generally speaking, Conor is considered a Irish boy’s name from an ancient Gaelic personal name “Conchobhar” meaning “lover of hounds”. Animals were highly regarded among the ancient Celtic people. Fish (particularly the salmon) represented knowledge. Birds were believed to hold prophetic knowledge. Horses, cattle and pigs symbolized fertility and prosperity. But the Celtic hound was a loyal companion and comrade in battle. They could be counted on for their endurance, speed and stamina during the hunt. In Celtic mythology hounds had magical licking powers to heal, and they also resided in the Otherworld as a guide to and protector of lost souls. Conchobhar (Conor) also holds an interesting place in Irish mythology; Conchobhar Mac Nessa was a legendary king of Ulster who got himself tangled up in an interesting love story (see literary references below). Aside from Conor’s Irish roots (by the way, the Irish spell the name Conor), the spelling of Conner is generally considered the transferred use of an Anglo-Saxon surname originating as an occupational name for an inspector of weights and measures. In Middle English, the word “cunnere” meant “inspector” a derivative of “cun(nen)” meaning “to examine”. In any case, the Conor/Connor names are hugely popular throughout the English speaking world right now. Konnor and Konner followed as alternate spellings.
Popularity of the Name Konnor
Konnor first showed up on America’s Top 1000 list in 1998. By this time, Connor was a Top 50 favorite name nationwide. Respellings were just bound to happen. Still, Konner and Konnor are not exactly popular. Both versions of this old Irish charmer reside at or near the very bottom of the Top 1000 list. There really aren’t “K” names in Ireland (unless they’ve been anglicized). So when you change Con(n)or to Konnor you really steal away its “Irishness”. The Konnor spelling is a lot harsher and less “dog loving”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Konnor
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Konnor
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Konnor
Conchobhar (Conor) MacNessa (Irish Mythology) Conchobhar (Conor) 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. So the story goes: 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 (Celtic priest) 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. Instead, 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. Then he promptly had Naoise killed for treason. Deirdre was 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 had killed Naoise by the king’s orders). 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 was leaving to go with Éogan, Deirdre jumped out of the chariot hurling her head against a rock, killing herself 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 (symbolizing their unity 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. It was his desire for Deirdre that proved his ultimate downfall. The again, the Druid warned us all.
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Famous People Named Konnor
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Children of Famous People Named Konnor
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Personality of the Boy Name Konnor
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Konnor