[ 2 syll. co-nrad, con-r-ad ] The baby boy name Conrad is pronounced in English as KAAN-RaeD or in German as KAON-RaaT †. Conrad is used predominantly in the English and German languages, and its origin is Germanic. The name's meaning is bold counsel. A two-element name, it is derived from the elements 'kuon' meaning bold ; 'rad' counsel, advice. Konrad (Germanic) is an original form of Conrad. Konrad was one of the most popular names in Germany during the Middle Ages; it was borne by four medieval German kings. The name was adopted, albeit on a modest basis, by medieval English speakers in tribute to a 10th-century saint and bishop of Constance in Switzerland. The forms Kondrat and Corrado were also borne by various early and medieval saints. In the 19th century, the name saw a sharp revival among English speakers from a re-introduction from Germany. Conradin (1252-1268) was the commonly known pet name of Conrad the Boy, who was the last in line of the Holy Roman Emperors and did not manage to succeed his father to become Conrad V. The pet form Conradin also appeared in Saki's short story Sredni Vashtar (1900/1914) as the name of a 10-year-old boy. The name Conradine (German) is the female version of Conrad.
The name Conrad is widely used; it has 27 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Coen (used in Dutch as well), Coenraad, Conn, Conni, Cort, Duno, and Konrad (used in Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Scandinavian, and Slavic as well). The short form Con, and the diminutive forms Connie, Curt (used in German as well), and Kurt (used in German as well) are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Conrad include Conny (German), Conrade (French), Conrado (Italian and Spanish), Conradus (Dutch), Conrao (Portuguese), Corrado (Italian), Koen (Dutch), Koenraad (Dutch), Koenrad (Dutch), Kondrat (Polish), Konni (German), Konradin (German), Konrád (Czech, Hungarian, and Slavic), and Kunz (German). Specific foreign variants include the diminutive forms Conradin (German) and Kort (Dutch and German).
Conrad is a classic favorite. Today it is still a somewhat popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was in the past. Its usage peaked modestly in 1931 with 0.054% of baby boys being given the name Conrad. It ranked at #214 then. The baby name has since fallen in popularity, and is of occasional use in recent years. In 2012, its usage was 0.015% and its ranking #738, but it was nonetheless the most frequently used among all boy names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Conrad include Konrad, Coenraad, Conrade, Kennard, Kennerd, Kennward, Kenward, Kinard, Kinnaird, Kinnard, Koenraad, Koenrad, Kynard, Kynnard, Conrado, Kennaird, Kinaird, Kynaird, Kynnaird, and Kenard.
† Pronunciation for Conrad: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Conrad:
Actor Robert Conrad, born Conrad Robert Falk, 1 March 1935, Chicago, Illinois.
Actor Conrad Veidt, born 22 January 1893 - 3 April 1943, Berlin, Germany.
Business Personality Conrad Hilton, born Conrad Nicholson Hilton, 25 December 1887 - 3 January 1979.