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What does Cornelia mean?

Cornelia \c(o)-rne-lia, 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.


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.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Carna.


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 (#38329 out of 88799, Top 43%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Cornelia for girls. Cornelia reached its peak rank of #186 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cornelia name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Cornelia and associated names. Popular related forms of Cornelia listed in the Top 1000 are Nelly, Nila, Nellie, Nella, Nelia and Nell. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 and are now much less popular, with the forms Nila, Nellie, Nella, Nell and Cornelia falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Nelia, Nell, Nella, Nellie, Nelly, Nila in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Carmelia and Cordelia. Like Cornelia, these names are not frequently used.