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What does Cordelia mean?

Cordelia Pronunciation of Cordelia [cordelia] as a girls' name is pronounced kor-DEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cordelia is "heart". Probably from Cordula. Literary: in "King Lear" (1605), Shakespeare portrays Cordelia as a lovable, virtuous woman of rare honesty. He may have adopted the name from Cordeilla, the form used in his source, "Holinshed's Chronicles" (1577).

Associated with: literary, king (queen).


Cordelia has 16 variants: Cordelie, Cordella, Cordelle, Cordey, Cordi, Cordia, Cordie, Cordy, Creiddylad, Delia, Delie, Della, Kodelia, Kordelia, Kordella and Kordelle.

3 more related forms via Cordula: Cordulla, Kordula and Kordulla.

Creative forms:
(female) Chordelia, Cordetie, ..

(male) Cordele, Cordelea, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cordelia Nailah (C.N.), ..

How popular is Cordelia?

Cordelia is a very prominent first name for females (#1327 out of 4276, Top 31%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cordelia was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #264 in the U.S. then, and is at #948 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cordelia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cordelia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Della (#1178 via latest list), Delia (#1241), Cordia, Cordella and Cordie are the popular variation forms of Cordelia (#948 via latest list). These relations of Cordelia were popular as baby names 135 years ago (median #538) and are now much less common (#1561, 93%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cordelia, Cordella, Cordia, Cordie, Delia, Della in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cordelia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arcelia, Ardelia, Ardelis, Ardella, Ardenia, Argelia, Audelia, Aurelia, Bedelia, Cacelia, Camelia, Cammelia (see Camellia), Caralia, Carlia, Carmela, Carmeli, Carmelia, Carmella, Carmellia, Cecelia, Celia, Cerelia, Cerella, Clelia, Cloelia, Corabella, Coralia, Coralie, Coralina, Corallina, Cordis, Cordni, Coreana (see Corinna), Corelie, Corena, Coretta, Corilla, Corlie, Cornalia (see Cornelia), Corneelija (see Cornelia), Cornela, Cornelia, Cornelija, Cornella, Cornelle, Cornelya (see Cornelia), Correena, Correlle, Correna, Correnda, Corretta, Corveena, Crecia, Doralia, Dorelia, Fidelia, Gardenia, Gormelia, Jordena, Jorgelina, Korella, Korneelia, Kornelia, Kornelija, Lorenia, Lorrella, Morela, Morella, Odelia, Orelia, Parmelia, Permelia, Romelia, Sarelia and Udelia (see Odele). These names tend to be less commonly used than Cordelia.

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