Cordelia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cordelia

Cordelia

Pronunciation: kohr-DEEL-yə, kohr-DEE-lee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Cordelia:

Of uncertain origin, Cordelia is thought to be from the Celtic name Creiryddlydd (daughter of the sea). The name is borne in Shakespeare's King Lear by Lear's youngest daughter, the only one who was faithful to him.

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Corrie, Delia, Dell

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Comments and insights on the name Cordelia: | Edit

My name is Cordelia, I've met one or two other ones. However, I think it's a bit more note worthy (for me) to meet a Cordelia than other unusual names. For example, I don't recall ever meeting a person named Penelope which is much more common name. It's also something that immediately becomes the topic of conversation when I'm first introduced to a new person. I have yet to come up with something interesting or satisfying as a response.

My 10-year old daughter has a friend named Cordelia. This is the only Cordelia I have ever met.

Personal experiences with the name Cordelia: | Edit

My 20-month old daughter is named Cordelia, and we get compliments on it all the time. I grew up reading the "Anne" books, and loved that Anne wanted to be named Cordelia. Also, we loved King Lear and Buffy, and just thought that it's a beautiful name!

Nicknames for Cordelia: | Edit

Coco
Cora
Cordy / Cordie
Cori / Corie
Delia
Lia / Lea

Meanings and history of the name Cordelia: | Edit

Origin of Cordelia: Latin; Celtic
Meaning of Cordelia: "heart; daughter of the sea"

Cordelia is a moon of Uranus.

2758 Cordelia, an asteroid, named after the Shakespearean character.

There is a genus of butterflies named Cordelia.

Famous real-life people named Cordelia: | Edit

Dr.Cordelia Agnes Greene, a 19th century physician, philathropist and suffragist from Upstate New York.

Cordelia in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cordelia Foxx - A character in American Horror Story: Coven, she is headmistress of Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. She is a witch and the daughter of the Supreme, Fiona Goode. (Played by American actress Sarah Paulson)
One of the daughters in Shakespeare's King Lear is named Cordelia
"Anne" in Anne of Green Gables wished her name was Cordelia.
Cordelia Chase, a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series
Cordelia, Sebastian's youngest sister in the novel Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cordelia Gray, the detective in PD James' mystery novels and movies
Cordelia is also the title of a novel by Winston Graham, published in 1949.
Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels is a soldier, scientist, wife and mother, and generally just a wise and courageous person.

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