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Gender: F Meaning of Cordelia: "heart; daughter of the sea" Origin of Cordelia: Latin; Celtic

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Cordelia, the name of King Lear's one sympathetic daughter, has style and substance, and is exactly the kind of old-fashioned, grown-up name that many parents are seeking today. If you're torn between Cordelia and the equally lovely Cora, you can always choose Cordelia for long and then call her Cora for short -- or Delia, Lia, Del, or even the extremely different Cory.

Cordelia also appeared in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye, as detective Cordelia Gray in P.D. James's mystery novels, and was promoted by a character on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.

And then there's that quote from the heroine of Anne of Green Gables: "I would love to be called Cordelia. It's such a perfectly elegant name."

Famous People Named Cordelia

Cordelia Abidaoud, Phoenician princess
Cordelia Bugeja, British actress
Cordelia de Castellane, French designer
Cordelia Fine, Australian psychologist/writer
Cordelia Agnes Greene, physician/suffragist
Cordelia Hawkins, for whom the town of Cordele, Georgia was named
Cordelia Scaife May, philanthropist
Cordelia Mendoza, American antiquarian
Cordelia Strube, playwright/novelist
Cordelia Wilson, American painter

Pop Culture References for the Name Cordelia

Cordelia Chase, character in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Cordelia, from "The Seducer's Diary" by Soeren Kierkegaard
Cordelia, a moon of Uranus
Cordelia Gray, the detective in PD James' mystery novels and movies.
"Cordelia", a novel by Winston Graham, published in 1949.
Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, character in "Vorkosigan" novels
Cordelia Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw - video game)
Cordelia Gi Randgriz (Valis: The Fantasm Soldier - video game)
Cordelia (Dark Horse comic book character)
Cordelia Frost (Marvel comic book character)
Cordelia Banks, PhD (State of Mind - tv show character)
Cordelia Abbott, "The Young And The Restless"
Cordelia Flakk, a character from Jasper Fforde's "Lost in a Good Book"
Cordelia Ransom, in the "Honorverse" novels by David Weber
Cordelia Capulet, Japanese anime character in "Romeo x Juliet"
Cordelia Gallo, Japanese anime character in "Gosick"
Cordelia Glauca, anime character in Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
Cordelia Whinthrop-Scott, Character in the movie Monte Carlo
Cordelia, pegasus knight from 3DS game "Fire Emblem: Awakening"
Cordelia Foxx, character in "American Horror Story: Coven"
Cordelia Underwood, title character in "Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League," a novel by Van Reid, published 1999
Cordelia is the middle name of the Lady Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford, engaged to the (male) protagonist character, Earl Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler manga by Toboso Yana
Cordelia, character in the anime "Diabolik Lovers".
Cordelia, a song by The Tragically Hip
Anne Cordelia, Diana's daughter in L.M Montgomery's "Anne" series.

Cordae, Cordelie, Cordelle, Cordett, Cordette, Cordey, Cordia, Cordie, Cordilia, Cordilla, Cordula, Cordy, Delia, Delie, Kordelia, Kordelie, Kordella, Kordula

Cordelia's International Variations

Cordi (Welsh)