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

The name Cornelia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "horn". Cornelia and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names - Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Octuplet Game - Girls!".

From the experts:

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 Maria Funke, German novelist
Cornelia Otis Skinner, American author and actress
Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom, Dutchwoman who helped Jews escape the Holocaust
Cornelia Vanderbilt, daughter of American millionaire George Vanderbilt
Cornelia Burki, Swiss long-distance runner
Cornelia Dumler, German volleyball player
Cornelia Dahlgren, Swedish singer/songwriter
Cornelia Frances, English-Australian actress
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, author of Heteroptera and poet naturalist

Pop Culture References for the name Cornelia

Cornelia Hale, the 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 Marie, a commercial crab fishing boat formerly featured on the Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch
Cornelia Bryant, in the "Anne of Green Gables" series
Cornelia li Britannia, character in the anime "Code Geass"
Cornelia Brown, main character in "Love Walked In" and "Belong to Me"
Cornelia Goth (nee Crumplebottom), character in "The Sims" (1,3) video/computer games
Cornelia Prince Medal, character mentioned in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
Cornelia, character from the video game "Final Fantasy XI"
Blair Cornelia Waldorf, a main character on "Gossip Girl"

Cornelia's International Variations

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