Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. kor-NEH-lee-oos(Latin) kawr-NEE-lee-əs(English) kawr-NEH-lee-uys(Dutch) kawr-NEH-lee-uws(German)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Roman family name that possibly derives from the Latin element cornu meaning "horn". In Acts in the New Testament Cornelius is a centurion who is directed by an angel to seek Peter. After speaking with Peter he converts to Christianity, and he is traditionally deemed the first gentile convert. The name was also borne by a few early saints, including a 3rd-century pope. In England it came into use in the 16th century, partly due to Dutch influence.

Related Names

VariantsCornelis, Kerneels(Dutch)
DiminutivesConnie(English) Cees, Cor, Corné, Kees, Niels(Dutch)
Feminine FormsCornelia(Ancient Roman) Cornelia(English) Cornelia(Dutch) Cornelia, Kornelia(German)
Other Languages & CulturesCai, Kai, Kaj, Kay(Danish) Kai, Kaj(Finnish) Corneille(French) Kai, Kay(Frisian) Korneli(Georgian) Kornél(Hungarian) Cornelio(Italian) Kai, Kaj, Kay(Norwegian) Kornel, Korneliusz(Polish) Cornélio(Portuguese) Cornel, Corneliu(Romanian) Kornel(Slovak) Cornelio(Spanish) Cai, Caj, Kai, Kaj, Kay(Swedish)
Surname DescendantCornell(English)


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Name Days

Austria: September 14
Denmark: July 3
Germany: September 16


Entry updated June 9, 2023