Cornelius (kawr-neel-ee-is) is a masculine name that is used in the English, Ancient Roman, Dutch, German, and Biblical languages.

Meaning and HistoryEdit

Cornelius is a Roman family name which may be derived 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 is traditionally deemed the first gentile convert.

In England, the name came into use in the 16th century partly due to Dutch influence.

Variant: Kornelius

Diminutives: Connie, Konnie

Feminine Forms: Cornelia, Kornelia