Conrad (name)

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This article is about the given name and surname. For other uses, see Conrad.
The King Conrad I enthroned.jpg
Pronunciation /ˈkɒnræd/
German: [ˈkɔnʁat]
Gender Masculine
Meaning "bold counsel"
Other names
Related names Con, Connie, Conrade, Conrado, Corrado, Cort, Curt, Konrad, Kort and Kurt

Conrad is a masculine given name and a surname.

Origin and meaning[edit]

It is derived from the Proto-Germanic name Konrad, from conja meaning "bold" and rad "counsel".[1] It was the name of a 10th-century bishop of Constance, and became popular in post-medieval English and post-medieval French. It regained popularity in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.[1] It is recorded as a surname as early as 1297.[2]

There are over one hundred spelling variants of the surname including:[2]

  • Austria, Germany and Switzerland: Konrad, Kohrt, Kordt, Kunrad, Kuhndert, Kuhnt, and Kurth
  • Dutch: Coen, Coenraad, Koen(raad)
  • South Africa: Conradie (Afrikaans)
  • Sweden: Konrad
  • Ireland: Ó Conradh (In Irish, the word conradh also means "league" or "alliance")
  • Poland: Konrad
  • Czech and Slovak: Konrád
  • Russia: Kondrat
  • Italy: Corrado, Corradi, Cunradi (Tuscany)
  • Hungary: Konrád
  • Spanish, Portuguese: Conrado
  • Diminutives: Kienzle, Kuhn, Kunc, Kunz, Kuntz, Kunzel, Zunzelman
  • Patronymics: Kurten, Coners, Conerding, Conradsen, Coenraets, and Kondratovich


First name[edit]


Family name
Meaning "bold counsel"
Region of origin Germany




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Katie Martin-Doyle, The Treasury of Baby Names, Worth Press, Cambridge 2005. ISBN 978-1903025116
  2. ^ a b "Surname: Conrad". Retrieved 2013-05-14.