What does Conan mean?
Conan /co-nan/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced KOH-nan. It is of English, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Conan is "hound, wolf; high".
Anglicized form of Conán (Celtic). The name was also used in Yorkshire from the 12th to the 16th centuries, and in this case, is derived from Conan, Earl of Richmond (12th century), of Breton origin. Name was taken to Ireland some time after the Norman Conquest. In Irish legend, Conán was a member of the Fianna, the band of followers of the legendary hero Finn mac Cumhaill. Saint Conan (seventh century) was an Irish missionary on the Isle of Man. Made famous by Conan the Barbarian, the fictional character from novels and movies in the 1980s. Talk show host Conan O'Brien; author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
How popular is Conan?
Conan is an unusual first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#82344 out of 150436, Top 55%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Conan and associated names. Connie is the only popular variation form of Conan (outside Top 1000) ranked in the Top 1000. This boy name reached the height of its popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.453%) and has become significantly less popular since, with Connie becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Conan is pronounced similarly to Cannan, Canon and Kenan. Other recommended similar baby names are Chanan, Colan, Conal, Conlan, Cowan, Coyan, Cronan and Ronan▲. Like Conan, these names are not frequently used.