Meaning and Origin of: Connor

Connor is of Irish origin and means "lover of hounds" and "desire."
Meaning and Origin of Connor

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Desire

What does Connor mean and stand for?

The name Connor is of Irish origin and means "lover of hounds" and "desire". The name is a variant of conor.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : reduced form of O’Connor, which is an Anglicization of Gaelic Ó Conchobhair ‘descendant of Conchobhar’.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Connor has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2000 and toggling between the top 50, 60, and 70 for the last decade.

However, it is the 37th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Connor was at its peak popularity in August 2019.

Connor is native to Ireland, but has rapidly gained popularity in the US. The name first started gaining traction from semi-legendary king of Ulster in Irish mythology. The name has appeared in Marley and Me and The Highlander. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise have a teenaged son named Connor and Eric Clapton recently chose the name for his son.

Where is it Popular?

Connor was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Connor

  • Con
  • Con-Man
  • Nor

Pairs well with these middle names