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Gender: F Meaning of Cornelia: "horn" Origin of Cornelia: Feminine variation of Cornelius, Latin

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In ancient Rome, Cornelia was considered the paragon of womanly virtue, making it a handsome name with an excellent pedigree. It's rare today, so if you want a name no one else is using, somewhat reminiscent of Amelia and the Shakespearean Cordelia, Cornelia should be on your list. Cornelia's short forms might include Cora, Nelia or Nell--anything but Corny.

The name of the mother of famous second century Roman reformers, Cornelia emerged in England in the seventeenth century, probably brought in by Dutch immigrants. The painter Jan Vermeer had a daughter named Cornelia.

Cornelia has not made a mark on the U.S. popularity list since 1965--so she's more than due for reconsideration. In the meantime, it's been associated with contemporary socialite Cornelia Guest, giving the name an elite image.

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Famous People Named Cornelia

Cornelia Funke, author
Cornelia Otis Skinner, American author and actress
Cornelia "Corrie" Ten Boom, Dutch World War II Nazi prison camp survivor
Cornelia Vanderbilt, only child of George and Edith, wealthy owners of the Biltmore estate in Ashville NC

Pop Culture References for the Name Cornelia

Cornelia Hale, character in the animated series "W.I.T.C.H."
Blair Cornelia Waldorf, a main character on "Gossip Girl"
Cornelia Stanton Edwards (née Pitt) is the aunt of Samantha Parkington and wife of Gardner Edwards in the American Girl Doll series.
FV Cornelia Marie, a commercial crab fishing boat formerly featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch

Carna, Carniella, Cornalia, Corneelia, Corneelija, Corneilla, Cornela, Cornelija, Cornella, Cornelle, Cornelya, Cornie, Cornilear, Cornisha, Corny, Korneelia, Korneelya, Kornelija, Neely, Nell, Nelli, Nellie, Nelly

Cornelia's International Variations

Kornelia (Czech) Cornelie (French) Nele (German) Nelia, Melia (Spanish) Kornelis (Swedish)