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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. 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. It is popularly associated with Latin cor (genitive cordis) "heart", and has also been linked with the Welsh name Creiddylad, allegedly meaning "jewel of the sea", but it may derive from the French coeur de lion "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