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Origin, Meaning, And History of Cordelia

The name Cordelia is a girl’s name with Latin origins derived from the Latin word ‘cor’ or ‘cordis’ meaning ‘heart.’ According to another theory, Cordelia is derived from the Celtic name ‘Creiryddlydd,’ which means ‘daughter of the sea.’ In Celtic culture, it is assigned to someone who is destined for the ocean in a poetic sense. It also has some roots in Welsh culture, referring to ‘jewel of the sea.’

In French, Cordelia emerges from the phrase ‘coeur de lion’ meaning ‘heart of a lion,’ while in Greek, it is derived from the word ‘kore’ meaning ‘girl’ or ‘maiden.’ Cordelia was a relatively popular name in the 1800s and 1900s with variations like Coralia, Coredilla, Cordoylla, Cordula, and Kordelia, and with nicknames Cora, Cory, Danny, Del, Della, Delly, Delia, and Lia.

Cordelia was a popular name in Ancient Rome and was a legendary queen of the Celtic Britons as recounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his chronicle. She was the youngest daughter of the legendary King of the Britons, Leir, and the second ruling queen of the British Iron Age. Cordelia is also the innermost and the closest moon of the planet Uranus, discovered from the images taken by Voyager 2 in 1986.

The name has evolved from the Welsh legend which became a source for William Shakespeare’s tragic play ‘King Lear.’ Cordelia is King Lear’s youngest daughter and is his favorite, representing goodness and loyalty. She is honest, pure, and brave and has been contrasted with her elder sisters, Goneril and Regan, who are portrayed as dishonest and manipulative.

Cordelia Frost is another fictional character appearing in ‘Marvel Comics’ who is the younger sister of Emma and Adrienne Frost and was considered ‘lost’ by her parents. Cordelia can also be associated with some mythological symbols like the ocean, flowers, waves, and fairies.


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Famous People With The Name Cordelia

  • Cordelia HarveyAmerican Civil War nurse and Former First Lady of Wisconsin
  • Cordelia GreeneAmerican physicist, founder of Castile Sanitarium
  • Cordelia de CastellaneFrench designer and artistic director of Dior
  • Cordelia KnottAmerican entrepreneur and founder of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner restaurant
  • Cordelia FineCanadian-British philosopher of science, known for her notable work ‘Testosterone Rex’

Cordelia On The Popularity Chart

Cordelia was not a popular name. However, it gained a thrust in the 2000s and is a fairly popular name today.

Popularity Over Time

With only 46 babies per million with the name Cordelia in 1999, it surged in popularity in 2015 when the number increased significantly. It is still a popular name in the US with 251 babies per million carrying the name even in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Cordelia was on the list of the top 3000 names in the US till 2001 after which its ranking improved and paved its way to enter among the top 1000 names in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Cordelia

Do you want to name one of your twins Cordelia and are looking for a similar- sounding name for the other one? You can take a look at the suggestions below.

Names With Similar Meaning As Cordelia

If you have always wanted to name your child with unique meanings but don’t like Cordelia, below are some names that have the same meaning as Cordelia.

Name Numerology For Cordelia

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