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Cordelia - William Frederick Yeames.jpg
Gender Feminine
Language(s) English
Word/name uncertain; possibly related to the word cordial (literally "heartfelt, from the heart")
Meaning allegedly "heart" or "daughter of the sea(-god)"
Other names
Nickname(s) Delia, Dilly, Rory
Related names Cordeilla, Cordélia, Cordell, Cordilla, Cordoylla, Cordula, Creurdilad?

Cordelia is a feminine given name, popularly associated with Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart". It was borne by the tragic heroine of Shakespeare's King Lear (1606), a character based on the legendary queen Cordeilla.[1] The name is of uncertain origin as is related to the Celtic Welsh name Creiddylad, allegedly meaning 'jewel of the sea', although it may also be related to French through the Latin root for 'coeur de lion', translating as 'heart of a lion'.


In fiction[edit]


  • Cordelia, track written by Gordon Downie of The Tragically Hip; album: Road Apples (1991)



  1. ^ Uckelman, Sara L. (21 January 2007). "Concerning the Name Cordelia". Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  2. ^ C de C ([1])
  3. ^ Cordelia Agnes Greene