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What does Cornell mean?

Cornell Pronunciation of Cornell as a boys' name is of French origin. Medieval vernacular form of Cornelius. In modern use, it usually represents a transferred use of the surname. Cornell University, in Ithaca NY, was founded by 19th-century telegraph pioneer Ezra Cornell. He was for a while the largest stockholder in Western Union.


ASSOCIATED WITH medieval, modern, surname, 19th century, pioneer (leader)


VARIANTS Cornall, Cornel, Corney

OTHER FORMS VIA CORNELIUS Corneille, Cornelio, Cornelus, Kornelis



Cornell Isaias (C.I.), ..

How popular is Cornell?

Cornell is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#787 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#1566 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Cornell was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #527 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornell name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Cornell are Cornel and Cornelius (#1696 THE PREVIOUS YEAR). Other variants, like Kornelis, are seldom used. These relations of Cornell were favored by parents during 1880-1889 (MEDIAN #1382) and have become significantly less common since (#1898, 94%), with the version Cornelius becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornell, Cornel, Cornelius in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cornell and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cornell is alike in pronunciation to Carnell, Carnelle, Kornel and Kornell. Other recommended sound-alike names are Arnell, Burnell, Cardell, Carmel, Carmeli, Carmello, Carmelo, Carvell, Codell, Conall, Connell, Cordell, Cordelle, Corneille, Cornelio, Cornelus, Coryell, Covell, Cromwell, Curtell, Darnell, Donell, Donnell, Dorrell, Farnell, Gorrell, Jordell, Jorell, Jorrell, Kordell, Larnell, Lonell, Lonnell, Lornell (see Lorne), Morell, Morrell, Norvell, Norwell, Parnell, Pernell, Ronell, Ronnell, Sorrell and Vernell. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cornell.