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

The name Cordelia is a girl's name of Latin, Celtic origin meaning "heart; daughter of the sea". Cordelia and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop you least favourite (girls with middles)".

From the experts:

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 Cordie. Cordelia is a Nameberry favorite—Number 106 on the site—and it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2014 after a 60+ year absence.

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."

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Famous People Named Cordelia

Cordelia, Queen consort of Aganippus of the Franks
Cordelia Abidaoud, Phoenician princess
Cordelia Bugeja, British actress
Cordelia de Castellane, French designer
Cordelia Fine, Canadian-British-Australian psychologist/writer
Cordelia Agnes Greene, physician/suffragist
Cordelia Hawkins, for whom the town of Cordele, Georgia was named
Cordelia Scaife May, American philanthropist
Cordelia Adelaide Harvey, American Civil War nurse
(Henrietta) Cordelia Ray, American poet and educator
Cordelia Mendoza, American antiquarian
Cordelia Strube, Canadian playwright/novelist
Cordelia Creigh Wilson, American painter
Cordelia Elizabeth "Betty" Cook, heroic American WWII combat nurse

Pop Culture References for the name Cordelia

Cordelia, legendary Queen of the Britons; character in Shakespeare's "King Lear"
Cordelia Chase, character in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
"Cordelia," novel by Winston Graham
Cordelia, character in"The Seducer's Diary" by Søren Kierkegaard
Cordelia Gray, the detective in PD James' mystery novels and movies.
Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, character in the "Vorkosigan" novels
Cordelia Starling, character in video game "Lollipop Chainsaw"
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, character in Jasper Fforde's "Lost in a Good Book"
Cordelia Ransom, character 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
Elizabeth Ethel Cordelia Midford, engaged to Earl Ciel Phantomhive in 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 of Green Gables series
Cordelia, a moon of Uranus
Cordelia Carstairs, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Last Hours"
Emma Cordelia Carstairs, main protagonist in Cassandra Clare's The Dark Artifices
Princess Cordelia, mentioned in The Sims 4
Cordelia, character in musical "Falsettos"
Cordelia Bellamy, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

Cordelia's International Variations

Cordi (Welsh)