Cordelia - Meaning of Cordelia
[ 4 syll. cor-de-lia, co-rdel-ia ] The baby girl name Cordelia is pronounced as KaoRDIY-Liy-aa- †. Cordelia is used predominantly in English and German, and its origin is Latin. Cordelia's meaning is little heart. It is derived from the elements 'cordis' which means heart ; 'cor' heart. The name is best known from the king's faithful daughter in Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear (1603-1606); Shakespeare modified the name from the form Cordeilla (Middle English) found in Raphael Holinshed's 2nd edition of Chronicles (1587).
Cordelia is a variation of the name Cordula (English and German).
The name Cordelia is widely used; it has 31 variations that are used in English and other languages. English variations include Cordae, Cordee, Cordelea, Cordelie, Cordella, Cordelle, Cordellia, Cordett, Cordette, Cordey, Cordia, Cordilea, Cordilia, Cordilla, Cordula, Cordulia, Delie, Kordella, Kordi, Kordie, and Kordula. Other English variants include the shortening Cordi, and the diminutive forms Cordie, Cordy, and Delia.
Variations of Cordelia used in other languages include Creiddylad (Welsh), Creuddylad (Welsh), Kodelia (Hawaiian), Kordelia (German), and Kordelja (Polish). The shortening Cora (German) is another foreign variation.
Cordelia is a rare baby name for girls. In 1900, 0.025% of baby girls were named Cordelia. It ranked at #376 then. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is currently of very modest use. Out of all girl names in its group, Cordelia was nevertheless the most frequently used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Cordelia: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"