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.
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)
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)