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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Cornelia

Cornelia is a female given name which is the feminine version of the names Cornelius or Cornelis. Cornelius is a male-given name that originated in the Roman language. The name is likely to have come from the Roman word cornu, which means ‘horn.’ The male given name Cornelius has a Dutch variant called Cornelis.

All women born into the Cornelii family lines were known by the name Cornelia in ancient Rome. One of the most powerful patrician families in ancient Rome was the gens, Cornelia. From the early years of the Republic through the third century AD, the Cornelii produced more notable statesmen and generals than any other gens during a period of more than seven hundred years. Beginning with Servius Cornelius Maluginensis in 485 BC, this family produced at least 75 consuls under the Republic.

Cornelia can also be spelled as Kornelia, Korneliya, and Cornélia. As an abbreviated form of Cornelia, you can use Nel, Nele, Nelly, Corey, Lia, or Nelia. The widely used shorthands in German are Conny, Connie, Nele, or Neele. The diminutive forms of the Dutch name are Lia and Cokkie. Dutch speakers frequently abbreviate Cornelis as Cees, Cor, Corné, Corneel, Crelis, Kees, Neel, and Nelis.

Blair Cornelia Waldorf is one of the major characters in the fictional Gossip Girl series. She is included in both the television version and the first book in the series. She is a socialite from New York City, a humorous overachiever with haughty and sensitive aspects. The mysterious Gossip Girl, a well-known blogger, is constantly keeping an eye on Blair’s relationships and deeds since she is the queen bee of Manhattan’s social scene. There is the 14-year-old Guardian of Earth, Cornelia Hale in the W.I.T.C.H. comics series about five teenage girls with magical powers over the first five elements of nature. Cornelia is also the name of a character in the Swedish comedy film and book Sune’s Summer released in 1993.


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Famous People With The Name Cornelia

  • Cornelia Frances ZulverEnglish-Australian actress, best-known for her roles in the series The Young Doctors and in the film version of regular series TV soap The Box.
  • Cornelia Froboess German actress, well-known for receiving awards like Gertrud-Eysoldt-Ring, Gertrud-Eysoldt-Ring etc.
  • Cornelia Maria FunkeGerman author, best-known for her books The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider.
  • Cornelia ‘Kea’ Tiedemann-BoumanDutch tennis player, popular for winning the singles title at the 1927 French Championships.
  • Cornelia ListerSwedish tennis player, best-known for winning one singles title and 25 doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit.

Cornelia On The Popularity Chart

The name Cornelia has had its fair share of highs and lows throughout the past few decades. Have a look at the graphs to understand this better.

Popularity Over Time

Hugely popular in the 80s, Cornelia started dipping in popularity in the late 90s. It has since recovered slightly and 42 babies per million were given this name in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Cornelia has declined in ranking from the early 90s and hit its lowest rank in 2007.

Source: Social Security Administration

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