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Meaning and name origin

Cornelia \c(o)-rne-lia, cor-nelia\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Cor, Cornalia, Corneelija, Cornela, Cornelija, Cornelya, Corelie, Cornella, Cornelle, Cornie, Korneelia, Korneelya, Kornelia, Kornelija, Kornelya, Neel, Neeltje, Neely, Nel, Nela, Nelia, Nell, Nella, Nellie, Nelly and Nila.

For more information, see also the related girl name Carna.


Cornelia is a very popular first name for females (#709 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#38329 out of 88799, Top 43%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cornelia for girls. Cornelia reached its highest rank of #186 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 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 popularity of the girl name Cornelia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nelly, Nila, Nellie, Nella, Nelia, Nell and Cornelia. (2014 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 commonly used.