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

Cornelius Origin and Meaning

The name Cornelius is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "horn".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Cornelius

Neil, Cornall, Corny, Cornel, Niels, Cornell

Cornelius's International Variations

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


MeMyself_And_I Says:


I have been considering naming my first child Cornelius. It sounds so dignified and classy. It wouldn't even need a shorter nickname. I'd use the full name.

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!