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Cordelia

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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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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."

Find other names based on Cordelia using our baby name generator.

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)

Comments

SouthernPeach Says:

2018-09-12T14:39:06

Nathaniel? Everett? Elias?

cheesy-biscuit Says:

2018-05-16T18:17:52

I love the name Cordelia and I think I always will. I would give the nn's Cordie or Deelie.

IsabellaG Says:

2018-04-16T07:04:26

Back in the day when I was about 3 or 4, I named my baby doll Cordelia. I don't know why and how I knew the name. I think my grandmother said I went to visit her friend with her and the lady lived on Cordelia Drive. Anyway, I will definitely consider using this name in the future :)

christineolteanu Says:

2018-02-15T22:10:45

I adore Cordelia completely:) It has three meanings: Star of the sea (Celtic), Warm hearted (Latin), and of the Lion's heart (French). My favorite nickname is Cora. Shakespeare's Cordelia was also based off a real life Queen who did an excellent job ruling her kingdom until she was murdered by her nephew. I think a great sister for Cordelia would be Guinevere! Also a queen in Celtic Mythology.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:

2017-05-25T21:34:21

My single favorite name, easily. The only problem is that I can't find a boy's name half as unique that I like as much. Suggestions?

Joslyn C. Igoa Says:

2017-04-17T23:41:19

Nn Clio ooooo!

JossieChris Says:

2017-03-04T04:58:14

I have this on my list of favorites. Anne of Green Gables is a personal love of mine. And you kind of have to put this on your list in this case. I toyed with Cornelia but didn't care for the Corney nn. The Delia part isn't my fav but I love the meaning. I have a Dylan which means "son of the sea", so this seems the perfect pair "daughter of the sea." Both Celtic names. I prefer the suggested Cody nn having a cowboy unisex vibe which is a popular trend. But Coco, Cori, CeeCee are also cute.

danirose01 Says:

2017-03-02T19:50:28

Anyone thought of Codi as a nickname? I've seen people using Cordie, but I don't think Codi is too much of a stretch either. Gives this hyperfeminine name a tiny bit of unisex charm for parents that can't agree on frilly-ness.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-09T11:16:01

This name is stunning, with adorable nickname options. I'm loving it.

Ziggy2112 Says:

2016-12-06T22:47:09

One of my favourite Tragically Hip songs. Not as recognizable as a song as Rhiannon or Layla.

Mikayla395 Says:

2016-10-24T19:39:00

At first I didn't like this name, but it's growing on me. I like the nickname "Delia".

babychick1978 Says:

2016-08-20T10:02:10

I love this name: It´s very sophisticated, elegant and from the bottom of its meaning "heartwarming". One of the few names in the world that do not have any negative connotation to it. It dervies from the Latin word "Cordis" which means "the heart". This syllable is still used in many modern languages today. The English cordial as a noun means "a heart and body strenghtening tonic". The adjective means friendly, warmhearted and even gracious. Another bonus is that it is not over-used as other classic names nowadays like Anna, Sophia, Emma... A truely smart choice, mi corazon.

Phibstar9 Says:

2016-06-29T08:45:00

I love this name, it is my absolute favourite. I love the elegance and classic-ness of it. I also love the nickname Cordie. I'm not to keen on the nickname Deliah. I'm still in love with beautiful name.

Phibstar9 Says:

2016-05-22T12:00:01

I absolutely love this name. I so plan on using this for my daughter on the way.

gummybear0724 Says:

2016-05-13T20:27:12

I LOVE THIS. More of a GP for me.

JazzDeSaturn Says:

2016-04-10T01:58:01

My husband loves this name. Me...I still need to be sold on it. I think its beautiful but I agree with some posters that the "cord" root is a little unpleasant (obviously it makes up for pleasantries in the "elia" ending). But I'm so unsure! Buffy/Angel references aren't a concern because we are big Joss Whedon fans. My husband likes the nn "Cordy" while I prefer the more uncommon "Cori/Cory". I'm sure I'd get used to it and love it eventually but you just want that one name that makes your heart melt. I'm just not sure that it's Cordelia for me.

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-11-19T00:37:46

Great, thanks!

Kristin Malone Says:

2015-11-15T15:50:36

Very positive. I haven't encountered anyone who has made a negative comment. It's uncommon, but not unheard of. The grandparent generation may have heard the name before, but the 30-35 crowd usually remembers the name from Buffy, although I don't consider that a bad thing. So far, everyone has been able to spell her name right, even if they haven't had to spell Cordelia before. It took my parents a while to warm up to the name, but they are fine with it now, and nickname her Cori. I call her Cordelia, because if I wanted to call her anything else, I would have named her that!

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-11-14T22:00:07

Cordelia is one of my favorite names, but I'm not sure anyone would really like it. :(

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-11-14T21:58:41

How has response for her name been?

priviledgedpistachios Says:

2015-10-03T15:24:29

I really love this name! So cute and unusal

kitchi1 Says:

2015-10-02T02:42:22

I used to not be able to stand this name when I was younger, but now it's really growing on me. It's a very strong name, which I love.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-09-16T23:16:00

I do not like the name Cordelia. Kind of strange, because the only time I've ever heard it is on the Angel/Buffy tv shows, where it's the name of a really awesome character. Plus, I love the nickname Cordy. I think it's the -delia ending that puts me off. I just don't like the sound of delia on any name. I do really like Cordelie, though.

Kristin Malone Says:

2015-09-15T21:16:14

I named my daughter Cordelia. I've loved this name ever since I read King Lear in college (mind you, she's the only honest daughter he has and is one of only two strong female characters Shakespeare ever created). It was also about the ONLY name my husband didn't veto. It's a perfect fit for her.

Zelliew Says:

2015-09-03T11:32:23

I don't like the sound of it either

racheljean Says:

2015-05-25T02:51:16

American Horror Story made me really get into this name, I think Delia would be a cute nickname.

lauren19 Says:

2015-05-06T19:13:31

my daughters name, so so beautiful ... absolutely love it.

lynn_wentworth Says:

2015-02-02T14:33:28

I love Cordelia! The nickname possibilities are endless! Lia, Delia, Dell, or Cori! I just wish my wife liked it!

headintheclouds Says:

2015-01-31T06:45:34

This is definitely among my top five all-time favorite girls' names, and I'd love to be able to use it on a future daughter someday. It just sounds strong yet feminine, is classic yet also modern and spunky, and also ages well from little girl to grown woman. Cordelia is a long, beautiful name, but can also be shortened to many lovely different nicknames that one can adopt to suit to their personality- though Cora and Delia are my favorites!

Saffron_Rice Says:

2015-01-09T02:23:51

It's pretty, and Corli - the Afrikaans diminutive of Cornelia - would make a good nn.

vmars92 Says:

2014-10-02T14:08:02

I really don't like this name. Just makes me think of cordial (drink). Sounds clunky, especially the 'cor' sound

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-09-25T23:58:05

I don't like this name, it sounds snobby and posh.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

2014-09-10T17:24:44

I have a friend who was named Cordelia and went by Delia and just legally changed it to Delia because she hated being called Cordelia

BalkanBrazilian Says:

2014-09-10T17:18:37

Cordelia is atrocious! Reminds me of cord, which reminds me of death... also, in Portuguese Cordeiro is sheep so a definite no-no. I don't find it elegant AT ALL.

KiwiMarie Says:

2014-09-08T22:34:47

I have a friend named Cordelia who goes by Cordy, which has a charmingly tomboyish quality.

Kailagood Says:

2014-09-03T22:44:26

I just cant get the girl from Buffy out of my head.

clairels Says:

2014-08-22T21:45:39

Lovely sound, but also has a melodramatic, wannabe-a-romance-novel-heroine quality.

jasminegarden Says:

2014-08-16T19:11:17

My opinion of this name was definitely boosted by Cordelia Chase on Buffy the vampire slayer (one of my favourite shows). The character wasn't particularly pleasant until the third season so the namesake isn't brilliant but she was very beautiful & so was her name! I would love to use this one day but none of my family like it (I'm currently trying to win them round because it's one of my favourites) :)

mabespark Says:

2014-08-11T01:07:07

I'm slowly crushing on this... it's elegant and beautiful, and if she doesn't like her name, she can go with the more trendy/approachable nickname of Cori.

tori101 Says:

2014-07-20T09:48:21

I absolutely love this name. Even though my favourite names for girls especially constantly change, Cordelia has been up there for quiet awhile. She's beautiful, elegant, has great associations and a range of delightful nicknames too such as Cordy, Lia, Delia, Cora etc. It's so lovely.

Guest Says:

2014-07-06T22:49:30

I think this name is gorgeous and not fussy at all, especially with the nicknames

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-06-08T09:30:11

This is pretty, but it's a bit much, isn't it? A bit too fussy, I mean.

Giinkies Says:

2014-03-09T20:00:58

All I see is Cord. I have a neighbor named Cordele and all these years later all I still see is Cord.

CocoWhite Says:

2014-03-09T19:08:31

Cordelia sounds kind of evil to me... it's a cool name, but I probably wouldn't use it for my kid.

StasMarie Says:

2014-03-04T01:11:47

The meaning of Cordelia is unknown.

Sorceress Says:

2014-02-16T07:31:44

I agree. Not my favorite, but definitely pretty.

Tay2thestars Says:

2014-02-11T00:13:52

I think this name is the perfect combination of classic, unusual, and fun. All the nickname possibilities makes it easy for me to imagine a girly Cordelia and a tomboy Cordelia.