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What does Cornelia mean?

Cornelia Pronunciation of Cornelia [cor-nelia] as a girls' name is pronounced kor-NEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cornelia is "horn". Feminine of the Roman family name Cornelius. It was borne in the second century BC by the devoted mother of revolutionary reformers Tiberius and Gaius. She was considered as an example of the ideal Roman woman, and the name is still sometimes given in honor of her.

Associated with: roman, devoted.


Cornelia has 26 variants: Cor, Corelie, Cornalia, Corneelija, Cornela, Cornelija, Cornella, Cornelle, Cornelya, Cornie, Korneelia, Korneelya, Kornelia, Kornelija, Kornelya, Neel, Neeltje, Neely, Nel, Nela, Nelia, Nell, Nella, Nellie, Nelly and Nila.

Affiliated girl name: Carna.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Cornelia Carlee (C.C.), ..

How popular is Cornelia?

Cornelia is a very popular first name for women (#709 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#55849 out of 150436, Top 37%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cornelia entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #186 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Cornelia listed in the Top 2000 are Nellie (#1247 the previous year), Nelly (#1724), Nila (#1797), Nella, Nell, Nelia, Cornelius, Cornie and Neely. These relations of Cornelia were favored as birth names during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.9%) and are now much less common, with forms like Nell falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Cornelius, Cornie, Neely, Nelia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nell, Nella, Nellie, Nelly, Nila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Nellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cornelia is alike in pronunciation to Carniela, Carniella and Carnyella. Other suggested similar names are Arcelia, Ardelia, Argelia, Aurelia, Camelia, Cammelia (see Camellia), Carlia, Carmalit (see Carmel), Carmalita, Carmalla, Carmel, Carmela, Carmeli, Carmelina, Carmelit (see Carmel), Carmelita, Carmelitha, Carmelitia (see Carmel), Carmella, Carmelle, Carmellia, Carmila, Carmilla, Cecelia, Cerelia, Cerella, Clelia, Cloelia, Conetta, Coralie, Coralin, Coralina, Cordelia, Cordelie, Cordelle, Cordia, Cordula, Coreana (see Corinna), Corella, Coretta, Coronetta, Correena, Corrella, Correlle, Correna, Correnda, Corretta, Corveena, Corvetta, Crecia, Donella, Donnella, Doralia, Dorelia, Johnella, Jonella, Kodelia, Kordelia, Korella, Loelia, Lorenia, Lorrella, Morela, Morella, Norella, Parmelia, Parnella, Permelia, Pernella, Romelia, Ronella and Ronnella. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cornelia.

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