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Gender: M Meaning of Cornelius: "horn" Origin of Cornelius: Latin

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Cornelius, the New Testament name of a third century Pope and saint, is one of those venerable Latin names on the edge of consideration, despite the corny nickname alert.

Cornelius has some magical vibe via Cornelius Agrippa, a medieval alchemist who appears in scores of books, including Frankenstein and Harry Potter. In Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, Cornelius was one of the two magicians who help Faustus strike his bargain with the devil. Two characters of the name appear in Shakespeare's plays--Hamlet and Cymbeline. The most famous bearer of the name is probably railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who gave the appellation an aristocratic air. Cornelius is also the birth name of Chevy Chase.

Cornelius was consistently in the top 1000 until five years ago; it was a Top 300 name through 1933.

And if you're put off by the short form Corny, you could consider Neely, the nickname of the young Cornelius in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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Famous People Named Cornelius

Cornelius Vanderbilt, American industrialist
Cornelius Ingram, American football player
Cornelius Chase, birth name of American actor Chevy Chase
Christopher Cornelius "Kit" Culkin, American actor and father of Macaulay Culkin

Pop Culture References for the Name Cornelius

Yukon Cornelius, character from "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Cornelius "Cory" Matthews, main character on the TV series "Boy Meets World"
Kornelius "Kojo" Jonesworth, from Disney's "Zeke and Luther"
Cornelius Fudge, character from "Harry Potter" series
Cornlius, the fairy prince in the 1994 Don Bluth film "Thumbelina"
Publius Cornelius Dolabella, from Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"
Cornelius "Neeley" Nolan, character in Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

Cornall, Cornel, Cornell, Corny, Neil, Niels

Cornelius's International Variations

Kornel (Czech) Krelis, Cornelis, Kees (Dutch) Corneille (French) Korneliusz (Polish) Cornelio (Spanish)