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In 2018, 36 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Cornelius who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 274th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
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Very old fashioned and pretentious sounding.
kayisforkeen  9/25/2018
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Cornelius “Neeley” Nolan is Mary Frances “Francie” Nolan’s little brother from A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.
oxenfree  3/30/2018
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My maiden name is Cornelius. My grandpa Cornelius came to the U.S. with his parents and siblings, from Belgium at the age of 4. Our name was originally spelled Cornelis, but was written as Cornelius when they came through Ellis Island. Being non-English speakers, my great-grandparents didn't protest; thus our name was officially changed. They ended up in Dugger, Indiana.

There has always been a sense of great pride and interest in our name. These were further fueled by my aunt's extensive genealogical research... most of which was done pre-internet. When she passed, her will listed me as the recipient of all her research. This is worth more than any monetary gift!

My great-grandma's maiden name was Descente. A local Latin teacher said both of these last names were Italian. Many first and second names are of Italian derivation. I find this very interesting!
Cornelius79  12/29/2017
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Cornelius Hackl is one of the main characters in /Hello Dolly./ He sings the song "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," which was featured in the Pixar film /WALL-E/. I think it's a great name.
hthein528  8/15/2017
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The name Cornelius was given to 152 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/20/2016
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Lovely name. But I prefer it on a female...

*snicker*
TheAnonimy  1/25/2016
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A good name for an old man. But I can't imagine a young child with this name. It sounds way too "elderly".
Oleg Karachi  1/15/2016
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Cornelius is the name of one of the chimpanzees from Planet of the Apes (Caesar's father).
CaraJane  8/17/2015
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Cornelius Friebott is the main protagonist in the German nationalist novel "Volk ohne Raum" by Hans Grimm.
elbowin  6/30/2015
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Cornelius "Cor" van der Beek, Shocking Blue drummer.
Ruta Graveolens  12/26/2014
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In F. Anstey's novel Vice Versa, there is a character named Cornelius Coggs.
ALOF10  11/17/2011
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There is a song called "Cornelius" by the Newsboys. It is about the Cornelius in the Bible.
ALOF10  11/17/2011
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I wouldn't use it on a child because of the religious connotations, but I still think it's a charming name for a boy of any age.
bathos  3/27/2011
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Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr., known as Connie Mack, was an American baseball player, manager and team owner (as I also noted under "Connie).
Kosta  3/22/2011
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Gibby's middle name is Cornelius from iCarly!
Liesl  10/7/2010
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I adopted a kitten named Cornelius in 1996. We thought we'd call him "Nels" for short, but he already knew his name, so he stayed Cornelius, "Corn", and other nicknames. I came to love the name as I loved my cat. I read in several places that the name means "battle horn". Cornelius died this week, but the new kitten we adopted in June is named Cornelia Rose, after him. We call her "Nell". I think Cornelia is a beautiful name!
celt56  9/24/2010
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This is the birth name of musician Neil Finn (of Crowded House): Cornelius Mullane Finn.
goricar  6/17/2010
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This name was used for one of the five playable characters in the award-winning Playstation 2 role-playing game Odin Sphere.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
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Sometimes after knowing someone with a name, it changes your impression of that name. This is one of those names for me. My first impression was cool name, but not on a real person. But after knowing a boy named Cornelius, I must say I really like the name! Very pleasing to say/sounding, great meaning/story behind it too! The Cornelius I know does not go by any nicknames, but I could see Neil as a clever little nickname.
mom2zeke  1/26/2010
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Pronounced kawr-NE-lee-uws in German. [noted -ed]

This is one of my best friends' name. He's kind of annoyed by his name because he gets called Constantin and Claudius all the time.
mafiosa  8/6/2009
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Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, Roman general, consul and dictator, rival of Gaius Marius. Also a lead in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series.
Patria-Sue  3/23/2009
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This name is out of fashion and ancient. Kinda reminds me of a slang "corny", corns, and vomit. If you're deciding to give your son this name, have mercy! Name him something else cleaner like Claudius instead!
alexa7289  1/20/2009
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In Luc Besson's 1997 Sci-Fi classic "The Fifth Element", English actor Ian Holm portrays a priest named Vito Cornelius.

A joke in the film is how Leeloo, a major character in the film, pronounces Cornelius as cor-nee-lee-oos.
tu_es_faux  3/8/2008
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Cornelius is the name of the title character's half-dwarf professor in CS Lewis' "Prince Caspian." [Spoiler warning] It is also the name of adult Lewis (the orphan, not the afore mentioned author) in the movie "Meet the Robinsons."
Atarah Derek  2/29/2008
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In the book series Demonata there's a character named Cornelius but when he was a little kid the closest he could come to pronouncing it was kernel so they stuck with it and that's what he's called. He says he doesn't like the name Cornelius and insists on being called kernel.
scott  10/25/2007
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It's a family name of mine. My great grandfather was Cornelius, my grandfather's middle name is Cornelius, and so is mine. I love it, not because it's particularly nice, but it's cool to not have a middle name like James or John, and it's cool in a retro vintage way.
TheLastMontague  5/8/2007
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There is a Japanese electronic artist Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada). He took his name from the ape Dr Cornelius in "Planet of Apes".
Ylva  10/20/2006
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Cornelius is the name of Babar the elephant's father. (Cornelius is the king)
indigopearl  8/2/2006
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Cornelii was one of the greatest families in Ancient Rome. Their family branches included the Scipiones, Dolabellae, Sullae and Cinnae. For the men of the family were all named Cornelius, the women were Cornelia. The Cornelii Scipiones were the prominent family branch as they were descended from Pompey the Great and related to the imperial family through Augustus' daughter Julia (Whose mother was Scribonia, the great-granddaughter of Pompey the Great).
Cardwitch  4/6/2006
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Dutch pronunciation is kor-NAY-lee-us. [noted -ed]
X-Mar  2/19/2006
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In the film "Thumbelina", Cornelius was the Prince of the Fairies.
Arowen Half-Elven  1/9/2006
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Birth name of actor Chevy Chase.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2005
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There was a Cornelius I went to school with and everyone called him "Corny."
breakofday  12/7/2005
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This is the name of the character in JKR's famous Harry Potter books: Cornelius Fudge.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2005
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The above mentioned Cornelius Fudge also features in Harry and the Potters' 2004 song, "Cornelius Fudge Is an Ass."
Feorsteorra  7/31/2015

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