Meaning and name origin
Cornelius \c(o)-rne-lius, cor-nelius\ as a boy's 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Kornel.
There is 1 feminine form of Cornelius: Cornelia.
Cornelius is a very popular first name for males (#461 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1762 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cornelius for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cornelius and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Neil (#655), Neal, Cornell, Cornelious, Connie and Cornelius. (2014 statistics).