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

The name Cornelius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "horn". Cornelius and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 through 2008; it was a Top 300 name through 1932.

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

Pope Cornelius
Saint Cornelius the Centurion, first Gentile to convert to Christianity
Saint Cornelius, Archbishop of Armagh
Cornelius Vanderbilt, American industrialist
Cornelius Crane "Chevy" Chase, American actor/comedian
Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy I-IV aka Connie Mack, American baseball players and politicians
Cornelius Nepos, ancient Roman biographer
Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek-French philosopher
Cornelius Ingram, American football player
Cornelius Coward, English cricketer
Cornelius Packard "Dusty" Rhoads, American pathologist and oncologist
Cornelius "Neil" Casey, Irish-American footballer
Christopher Cornelius "Kit" Culkin, American actor and father of Macaulay Culkin
Cornelius Elven (1797-1873), hymnist

Pop Culture References for the name Cornelius

Yukon Cornelius, character in animated special "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Cornelius "Cory" Matthews, main character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
Cornelius Hickey, character in book and TV series "The Terror"
Kornelius "Kojo" Jonesworth, character on TV's Zeke and Luther"
Cornelius Fudge, former Minister of Magic from "Harry Potter" series
Cornelius, the fairy prince in the 1994 animated film "Thumbelina"
Publius Cornelius Dolabella, character in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"
Cornelius "Neeley" Nolan, character in Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
Cornelius, the narrator in Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Fight Club"
Cornelius, character in the Planet of the Apes film series
Cornelius, an old elephant counsellor, from the Babar the Elephant series
Cornelius Coot, character in the Scrooge McDuck universe
Cornelius Fillmore, character in the animated series Fillmore!
Gibby Cornelius Gibson, character on TV's iCarly
Cornelius Hackl, character in The Matchmaker and musical Hello, Dolly!
Lewis "Cornelius" Robinson, character in Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
Cornelius Stirk, character in DC Comics
Cornelius Austerlin, the stepdad in Lene Kaaberbøl's Katriona series

Neil, Cornel, Corny, Cornall, Niels, Cornell

Cornelius's International Variations

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


Leonina Says:


Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim

I kind of like the name Cornelius :)

silkypumpkin Says:


i really want to like this name, i like that it's latin yet also a classic family name, but i can't help but see the corn...

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love Cornelius from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Neeley is just the sweetest nickname! Plus, there are other nicknames for him to go by if he wishes.

rubylayla Says:


Cornelius is a family name with most of them shortening it to Neil. There's definitely options, Cory is cute!

Quincy Johnson Says:


Cory Matthews from boy meets world, full name was Cornelius.

June Says:


Been a family name since 1599, often shortened to Curly.

Vespertinerose Says:


Ollie, Neil, and Rus

drapp Says:


My grandfather and uncle go by Connie, and if I had been a boy I would have been nicknamed Neil.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I can only see corn within this name.

raevynstar Says:


Lovely name, but pretty much unusable.

Guest Says:


Cornelius got nicknamed Lewis in that one Disney movie Meet the Robinsons. There are options people!