Meaning and Name Origin
Connor \c(on)-nor\ as a boys' name is pronounced KAH-ner. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Connor is "hound-lover". Anglicized form of Conchobhar (Gaelic), which was the name of a legendary king of Ulster who lived at the time of Christ. See also Konnor. Irish author Conor Cruise O'Brien.
Connor is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#1077 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Connor for boys. Connor entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak rank of #38 in the U.S. in 2004, and is presently at #52. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Connor and associated names. Conner (#229 a year ago), Conor (#578), Konnor (#870) and Konner (#919) are the prominent alternative forms of Connor (#52 a year ago). Usage of these boy names was at its apex in 2004 and is somewhat lower today. Connor (#52), Conor (#578) and Conner (#229) are three of the more fashionable boy names in this compilation. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Conroy. Like Connor, this name is not commonly used.