Name: Cordelia

Origin and Meaning of the Name Cordelia

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    (kor DEE lee ah)
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    Cordelia is a character in Shakespeare's play "King Lear". The name is of uncertain derivation. Some claim it is from the Welsh name Creiddylad, allegedly meaning 'jewel of the sea', although other reliable sources state there is no evidence for a true Celtic origin. Another theory derives the name from the phrase 'coeur de lion'. It may also be an elaboration of the Latin 'cor' (heart).

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