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What does Conan mean?

Conan Pronunciation of Conan 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, high (great), 16th century, earl (noble), norman, conquest (victory), followers (servant), hero, saint, famous


VARIANTS Con, Conant, Conn, Connie

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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)

Conan was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top rank of #1271 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Conan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Conan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Con and Connie are the popular variation forms of Conan ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Conan reached the height of their popularity in the 1900s (MEDIAN #1526), but now, the form Connie has gone out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Conan, Con, Connie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Conan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Conan is pronounced similarly to Cannan, Cannon, Canon, Canyon, Kannan, Kanon, Keenan, Kenan, Kennan and Kienan. Other recommended sound-alike names are Adnan, Annan, Arnan, Boban, Cadan, Cahan, Calan, Caolan, Cavan, Chan, Chanan, Cian, Colan, Colin, Colyn, Conal, Conall, Coney, Conlan, Conlen, Conlin, Conlon, Connal, Conor, Conrad, Conway, Conwy, Coren, Corin, Corwan, Cowal, Cowan, Coyan, Cronan, Cyran, Doan, Dolan, Donnan, Dowan, Ednan, Ernan, Eunan, Finan, Fionan, Goran, Hanan, Hogan, Janan, Johan, Joran, Jovan, Logan, Loman, Loran, Nolan, Roan, Roban, Rogan, Rohan, Roman, Ronan, Rowan, Royan, Sohan and Tynan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Conan.

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