C names, Female, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Cornelia is the feminine form of Cornelius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain etymology though often associated with Latin cornu meaning “horn” which ultimately derives from PIE root word *ḱerh₂- (horn; head, top) though it’s also possible that it derives from root *ḱer- (to grow, to nourish).

Nicknames: Nell, Nelly, Nelia, Lia

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Kornelia (German, Polish)
  • Kornelija (Croatian, Serbian)
  • Kornélia (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Kornélie (Czech)
  • Cornélie (French)


Male forms:

  • Cornelius (Ancient Roman, English, Dutch, German)
  • Cornelis (Dutch)
  • Kerneels (South African Dutch form of Cornelius)
  • Kornel (Polish, Czech, Slovak)
  • Kornél (Hungarian)
  • Corneille (French)
  • Korneli (Georgian)
  • Cornelio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Cornélio (Portuguese)
  • Cornel (Romanian)
  • Corneliu (Romanian)


1 thought on “Cornelia”

  1. Cornelia/Kornelia is one of the names I love but would probably never use for a potential baby. I like it for its sound, and it’s also dear to me because of some associations I have with it, but it’s rising speedily in popularity over here, and well for me it is a significant downside. I think the nickname Nellie is charming.


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