Cornelius: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cornelius

Cornelius

Pronunciation: kohr-NEE-lee-əs (key)

Origin of the name Cornelius:

Believed to be from the Latin cornu (horn). It is borne in the Bible by a centurion, a devout man and the first Gentile converted by Peter.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Con, Connie, Cornelis, Cornell, Corny, Neil

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Comments and insights on the name Cornelius: | Edit

Cornelius is a family name and I have a son and great grandfather with the name (and female relatives named Cornelia). It takes some people a bit to get used to the name, but as it grows on them they tend to love it and think it is unusual and very strong sounding. My Cornelius goes by his full name publicly, but Neil around the house. He has never once been made fun of for his name as was "predicted" by some when I decided on the name.

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Comedian John Oliver says in his stand-up show that his Wikipedia entry incorrectly identified his middle name as Cornelius. He said he wishes his middle name was Cornelius because it is awesome, but that unfortunately it is not his middle name.

Nicknames for Cornelius: | Edit

Cory, Lius, Con, Connie, Corny, Neil, Cornel, Connor, Neeley

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Famous real-life people named Cornelius: | Edit

Cornelius Vanderbilt, American shipping magnate of the 19th century

Cornelius in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cornelius Hackle, character in "Hello Dolly"
Cornelius Fudge, Minister of Magic in "Harry Potter" series
Cornelius Robinson, main character in the animated film "Meet the Robinsons"
Cornelius "Neely" Nolan, character in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
Cornelius Agrippa, character in the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling
Dr. Cornelius, character in the original "Planet of the Apes" series
Yukon Cornelius, the prospector from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

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