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What does Cornelius mean?

Cornelius /cor-ne-li-us/ 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.

Affiliated boy name: Kornel.

Cornelius has 1 feminine form: Cornelia.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Conelius, Cornelimus, ..

(female) Cornelice, Cornelilo, ..

How popular is Cornelius?

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 (#1699 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name statistics of Cornelius for boys. Cornelius reached its highest rank of #148 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1206 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 (#1206 in recent rankings) are Neil (#655 in recent rankings), Neal (#1415), Neel (#1700), Connie, Neely, Cornell, Cornelious, Con and Cornel. Adoption of these relations of Cornelius reached its highest during 1930-1939 (adoption of 0.18%) and has become much less since (adoption 0.04%, 77.7% less), with forms like Connie becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornelius, Con, Connie, Cornel, Cornelious in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornell, Neal, Neel, Neely, Neil in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Cornelius is alike in pronunciation to Kornelisz. Other recommended names are Arcelius, Aricelius, Arkelaus, Arsenius, Aurelius, Barnebus, Bazeelius, Carmeli, Carnell, Carnelle, Carolus, Cecilius, Celsius, Celsus, Cokelie (see Coakley), Colis, Collins, Collis, Conlin, Connell, Cordell, Cordelle, Corless, Corliss, Cornwallis, Cortes, Coryell, Cyrillus, Delius, Ernestus, Honorius (see Honore), Horatius, Marcellus, Parmenius (see Parmenio) and Pontius. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cornelius.