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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.

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

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).

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

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

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).

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

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