Cornelius Origin and Meaning

The name Cornelius is 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

  • Pope Cornelius
  • Saint Cornelius the Centurionfirst Gentile to convert to Christianity
  • Saint CorneliusArchbishop of Armagh
  • Cornelius VanderbiltAmerican industrialist
  • Cornelius Crane "Chevy" ChaseAmerican actor/comedian
  • Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IIV aka Connie Mack, American baseball players and politicians
  • Cornelius Neposancient Roman biographer
  • Cornelius CastoriadisGreek,French philosopher
  • Cornelius IngramAmerican football player
  • Cornelius CowardEnglish cricketer
  • Cornelius Packard "Dusty" RhoadsAmerican pathologist and oncologist
  • Cornelius "Neil" CaseyIrish,American footballer
  • Christopher Cornelius "Kit" CulkinAmerican actor and father of Macaulay Culkin
  • Cornelius Elven (17971873), hymnist
  • Anton Cornelius "Neels" Visserinstagram star

Cornelius in Pop Culture

  • Yukon Corneliuscharacter in animated special "Rudolph, the Red,Nosed Reindeer"
  • Cornelius "Cory" Matthewsmain character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
  • Cornelius Hickeycharacter in book and TV series "The Terror"
  • Kornelius "Kojo" Jonesworthcharacter on TV's Zeke and Luther"
  • Cornelius Fudgeformer Minister of Magic from "Harry Potter" series
  • Corneliusthe fairy prince in the 1994 animated film "Thumbelina"
  • Publius Cornelius Dolabellacharacter in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra"
  • Cornelius "Neeley" Nolancharacter in Betty Smith's novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
  • Corneliusthe narrator in Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Fight Club"
  • Corneliuscharacter in the Planet of the Apes film series
  • Corneliusan old elephant counsellor, from the Babar the Elephant series
  • Cornelius Cootcharacter in the Scrooge McDuck universe
  • Cornelius Fillmorecharacter in the animated series Fillmore!
  • Gibby Cornelius Gibsoncharacter on TV's iCarly
  • Cornelius Hacklcharacter in The Matchmaker and musical Hello, Dolly!
  • Lewis "Cornelius" Robinsoncharacter in Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
  • Cornelius Stirkcharacter in DC Comics
  • Cornelius Austerlinthe stepdad in Lene Kaaberbøl's Katriona series