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Normally pronounced kor-DEEL-ee-a, rather than kor-DELL-ee-a.
-- Elly747  2/12/2005
It is ancient Greek, it means "daughter by the sea": "Kore-(de)-Alia". From the Greek words "Kore" (daughter) and "alia" (next to the sea, "als" means sea in ancient Greek). It is well known that Shakespeare had a great knowledge of the ancient Greek language (and literature).
-- Damis  3/8/2005
It's extremely uncertain actually. It's also thought by some that he may have derived it from the Latin 'cor' (the genitive of which is 'cordis', meaning the stem is 'cord'), or even that it comes from some Celtic origin.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2007
A cute nickname is "Cordy".
-- kassi42  10/7/2005
There was a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and later the spinoff show Angel, with this name.
-- Piper333  12/2/2005
This is what Anne said she wanted to be called when she first arrived at Green Gables and Marilla asked her what her name was.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Comes from Cordula. The name comes from Latin and means as much as sweet hearts or lateborn. The name was selected gladly for lateborn daughters. Other forms are Kordelia, Cora, Kordula, Cordula. Name day is 22 October.
-- CordeliaLouisa  12/16/2005
Cordelia is a small moon of Uranus.
-- wiswina  12/20/2005
Cordelia also means heart, and she was not only a queen in Shakespeare but a forgotten princess in real life. Although that princess has nothing to do with the Cordelia in the play.
-- Esophtia  1/5/2006
I love the name Cordelia, but I hate the Shakespearian princess who bears this name. She's so weak and pathetic and goody-goody. I'd rather be Goneril, the evil sister, Mwa ha ha ha!
-- hana  2/28/2006
Definitely one of my favourite names. I love the victorian feal that it has about it. In modern times, it might be a bit much in a first name, but it would make a wonderful middle name.
-- Alexandrina  6/26/2006
I think the nickname Dellie would be nice.
-- nelirosala  8/6/2006
Cordelia is such a beautiful name. It's quite dignified and classic. It's also a unique name - you don't meet many girls named Cordelia these days!
-- Tears Of Blood  11/18/2006
Cordelia in King Lear did not succeed as the ruler of the Britons. For one, the original plan was to split the kingdom between the three daughters, although she was disinherited and married to the King of France. For two, Cordelia was killed in the end of the play. [noted -ed]
-- hannahxxdiva  4/11/2007
Love this name! It's unique, beautiful, and intelligent. I also like the nickname Delia for it, though I don't know if that's too cutesy for an adult.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2007
Cordelia┬┤s pet forms are Cora, Corri, Delia.
Pronounced as "Kawr-day-lia".
-- Ronja  5/12/2007
Many namebooks say that Cordelia means "jewel of the sea".
-- Royal Vampire  6/17/2007
Cordelia┬┤s petforms: Corra, Delia, Lia.
-- Karcoolka  6/25/2007
I think this is a pretty name. I've known only one Cordelia and everyone called her Dee Dee.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2007
I, personally, love this name. I don't know why. It's so beautiful, polished and sophisticated. At least, that's how it sounds. I like the nickname Cora, rather than Cordy.
-- dreadfulxsorry  8/27/2007
Cordelia actually comes from the name Creiddylad.

Creiddylad is a daughter of Lludd Llaw Eraint in Welsh mythology. Originally betrothed to Gwythr ap Greidawl, she is abducted by Gwyn ap Nudd, causing the two rivals to go to war over her. In the early Arthurian tale Culhwch and Olwen, King Arthur settles the feud by arranging for the two to battle every May Day until Doomsday. She is compared to the Greek goddess Persephone; and Cordelia is the English version of her name.
-- Tears Of Blood  10/13/2007
I think this is the name of a minor character on Days of Our Lives, she's called Cordy most of the time.
-- Anonymous User  11/17/2007
Shakespeare's version of "King Lear" (many of his plays are based on other literature to some degree or another) is the only version in which Cordelia dies. She lives in other surviving versions.
(Norrie Epstein, "The Friendly Shakespeare", p. 398.)
-- AnnaClaire  2/4/2008
It's a pretty name, but it makes me think of chords and deals and dealing. I wonder if there is a French form Cordelie out there? That would sound nicer.
-- slight night shiver  5/19/2008
I think Cordelia is a beautiful, musical name. I didn't think so when I was little, because people mispronounced it a lot. I love it now. There has been a Cordelia or Kordelia in my family for the past 200 years - usually one every other generation.
-- Anonymous User  5/24/2008
Well this may just be me but it sounds kind of like Cordele, a small town in south Georgia. I have family there. Getting off subject. Over all I like the name.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2008
It's nice. Good nickname options such as Cora or Lia. Just don't name her sister Guinevere like I saw one person consider but this time it was choosing Cordelia to go with Guinevere. Cordelia is highly noted for her enduring loyalty, one of the reasons I like this name, the Shakespearean character. Obviously, Guinevere is famous for her terrible betrayal. Would be mismatched literary pair to say the least.
-- Anonymous User  11/26/2008
Cordele, a small town in south Georgia, was named after Cordelia Hawkins, the daughter of the owner of the SAM railroad it built up around. My family lived here when I was born and I grew up both in it and in another small town about twenty miles from it. It is a nice, quiet little town.
-- britto08  3/18/2009
Cordelia is the youngest child of Lady and Lord Marchmain of Brideshead in Evelyn Waugh's novel 'Brideshead Revisited.'
-- vomiting  9/10/2009
I really like this name, I by far prefer it to the more common and overused Delia, and I really like the nickname Cordie. I've also heard of another nickname for Cordelia which is Corrie, which I'm not such a fan of, but nevertheless, great name. :)
-- walesgal92  11/8/2009
Nice name! And so many nicknames too. Cory, Cora, Cordy, Delia, Lee, Lia.
-- IDK3000  2/8/2010
Cordelia is also a genus of butterflies.
-- SandSea  2/20/2010
My daughter is Cordelia, we use the nickname Cia (Kia).

If considering this name, be prepared for the neverending 'oh like from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Anne of Green Gables?' comments.

Surprisingly, not many people suggest the Shakespeare connection (at least thus far).

But go for it, Cordelia suits my little girl amazingly well, and the name is as stunning as she is.
-- brinitaburton  4/21/2010
I've been doing a little bit of digging around this name; it has been well documented over the years that this name could be derived from an Anglicized corruption of the Old French "coeur de lion", which means "lion heart" in English, denoting bravery and loyalty. I think this is a beautiful name, whatever the meaning may be. :)
-- walesgal92  10/16/2010
I think that Cordelia is an extraordinarily beautiful name. However, I don't like any nicknames for Cordelia. I think that Cordelia is a sublimely beautiful name and I wouldn't want to ruin it with a nickname. (Just my opinion-no offense to anyone who does like/use nicknames for Cordelia.)
-- fairy lights  10/25/2010
I prefer this name said 'core-deal-yuh'. I think it's prettier that way.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2011
This name makes me think of Anne of Green Gables. And that is why I love it :) A cute nickname is Delia.
-- Liesl  9/25/2011
Sisters Cordelia and Tabitha. Cords and Tabs! Either destined to be secretaries, or more optimistically, technicians!
-- Meapergirl  12/17/2011
The heiress in Monte Carlo (played by Selena Gomez) and Cordelia Chase (the popular cheerleader in Buffy) bears this name.
-- emilydominko  3/1/2012
I think I like Karcooka's suggestions for nicknames the best: "Cordelia's petforms: Corra, Delia, Lia." Whoever mentioned Cordy, I'm sorry no. It sounds so masculine, similar to Cory.

I personally prefer Delia over the longform, too stuffy for me, whereas Delia seems more modern and delicate.

When I first heard Cordelia I think of an old woman from the Victorian age, but remembering Anne of Green Gables it makes me think of raspberry cordial! (Which sounds delicious!) And I also forgot that character from Buffy, ironic her character's name is so uncommon when the actress who plays her was named Charisma Carpenter.
-- jeannie.  3/9/2012
The name is of Celtic origin and probably translates to mean "of the sea".
-- Vashiane  5/27/2012
Cordelia is a beautiful name (or rather, Kordelia), and Kori, Delia, Dee, and Lia are cool too. I've only heard it pronounced Cor-DEE-lee-uh. Even though the Shakespearean character is weak and sniveling, I would prefer this association rather than that dumb story Anne of Green Gables, or even worse Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kordelia (or Cordelia) is prettier than it's cousins, Caroline, Carolyn and Coraline. It goes well with Dahlia as sisters.
-- threevelvetbullets  9/28/2012
Cordelia Gallo is a character in the Gosick series.
-- ccourtneyw  6/17/2013
The name Cordelia was given to 204 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I love this name and am thinking of it for my next daughter! I LOVE that it is Greek and that it has this mystical sound to it. Very good for a woman and Cordy is cute for a little girl.
-- Emmettsmomma2010  10/30/2013

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