As I was delivering the "Do you know where Connor's party is?" line in the I Got Somethin' I Wanna Show Ya
promo video, something about the way it sounded felt overwhelmingly modern to me. The feeling kept nagging me and I started wondering if the name Connor got way more popular after the 80s or something. I thought of Connor MacLeod from Highlander
, whose name might have served to evoke a place and time far away from 1980s America, and Sarah Connor from The Terminator
, but that one is obviously a surname, so it doesn't count.
So I turned to Google which directed me to The Baby Name Wizard
, which sounds like the lamest wizard of all time. This wizard told me, through its "Baby Name Voyager" (I guess this site really wants to get the fantasy crowd pumped about baby names), that zero babies born in the U.S.
were named Connor until the 80s, making it impossible for any American teen to have that name in the 80s. The name jumped in rank from 0 to 494 in the 80s, climbed to 67 in the 90s, and has hovered in the 50s ever since, peaking at 49 in 2010. What a modern-ass name. The Wikipedia article
for the given name Connor confirmed this. Not a single Connor of note born before the 80s. So we decided to make our Connor go by his last name. Fuck Connor. He's Kyle Connor now.