Feminine variation of Cornelius, Latin

Cornelia Origin and Meaning

The name Cornelia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "horn".

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.

# 951 in the US

Cornelia Rank in US Top 1000

# 622 on Nameberry

Cornelia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Cornelia Popularity

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Famous People Named Cornelia

  • Cornelia Maria FunkeGerman novelist
  • Cornelia Otis SkinnerAmerican author and actress
  • Cornelia "Corrie" ten BoomDutchwoman who helped Jews escape the Holocaust
  • Cornelia Vanderbiltdaughter of American millionaire George Vanderbilt
  • Cornelia BurkiSwiss long,distance runner
  • Cornelia DumlerGerman volleyball player
  • Cornelia DahlgrenSwedish singer/songwriter
  • Cornelia FrancesEnglish,Australian actress
  • Cornelia HesseHonegger, author of Heteroptera and poet naturalist

Cornelia in Pop Culture

  • Cornelia Halethe Guardian of Earth in "W.I.T.C.H.," a comic book series and animated series
  • Cornelia Stanton Edwards (née Pitt)the aunt of Samantha Parkington and wife of Gardner Edwards in the American Girl Doll series
  • FV Cornelia Mariea commercial crab fishing boat formerly featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch
  • Cornelia Bryantin the "Anne of Green Gables" series
  • Cornelia li Britanniacharacter in the anime "Code Geass"
  • Cornelia Brownmain character in "Love Walked In" and "Belong to Me"
  • Cornelia Goth (nee Crumplebottom)character in "The Sims" (1,3) video/computer games
  • Cornelia Prince Medalcharacter mentioned in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
  • Corneliacharacter from the video game "Final Fantasy XI"
  • Blair Cornelia Waldorfa main character on "Gossip Girl"
  • Cornelia Streeta street in New York and a title of Taylor Swift's song