CONNOR - Name Meaning & Origin

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Connelly is a patronymic surname, the shortened form O’Connor, which in turn is an Anglicization of the Gaelic Ó Conchobhair or Ó Conchúir, meaning "descendant of Conchobhar." The name Conchobhar is thought to mean "lover of hounds," from the Gaelic con, meaning "hound or wolf," and cobhair, "aid, or desiring." The Connor name is also thought to denote strength and leadership, from conn, meaning "wisdom, strength, counsel," plus cobhair.

The O'Connors descend from several distinct royal Irish families and clans; they are from Clare, Derry, Galway, Kerry, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and the province of Ulster.

CONNOR is one of 50 common Irish surnames of modern Ireland.

Surname Origin: Irish

Alternate Surname Spellings: CONNER, CONOR, O'CONNOR, O'CONOR, COUROY, CON, CONE, CONNE, KONNOR

Famous People with the Surname CONNOR:

  • Sandra Day O'Connor - former U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Roger Connor - American baseball Hall of Famer
  • Flannery O'Connor - American writer
  • Sinéad O'Connor - Irish singer-songwriter

Genealogy Resources for the Surname CONNOR and O'CONNOR