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Meaning and Name Origin

Cornelius \c(o)-rne-lius, cor-nelius\ as a boys' name is pronounced kor-NEEL-yus. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cornelius is "horn". From "cornu". A famous Latin clan name, often used under the Roman Empire. Biblical: Cornelius was a Roman centurion who was baptized by Peter. Also the name of a third-century pope who is venerated as a saint. Railroad millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt.


Cornelius has 18 variants: Con, Connie, Cornall, Corneille, Cornel, Cornelio, Cornelious, Cornell, Cornelus, Corney, Cornilius, Kornelious, Kornelis, Kornelius, Neal, Neel, Neely and Neil.

For more information, see also the related boy name Kornel.

Cornelius has 1 feminine form: Cornelia.


Cornelius is a very prominent first name for males (#461 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1762 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Cornelius for boys. Cornelius reached its highest rank of #149 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cornelius and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Cornelius ranked in the Top 1000 are Neil (#655 in 2014), Neal, Cornell, Cornelious and Connie. Usage of these boy names reached its highest during the years 1940-1949 and has become much less since, with forms like Neil, Neal, Cornell, Cornelius and Cornelious becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Connie, Cornelious, Cornelius, Cornell, Neal, Neil in U.S.

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