- Latin: Warm-hearted, loving; In King Lear, Cordelia is the princess noted for her unwavering honesty and her undying devotion to her father.
- Welsh: Jewel of the sea
Queen Cordelia was a legendary Queen of the Britons and the youngest daughter of King Leir whose story was adapted by Shakespeare in the early 1600s for
King Lear. Cordelia is the name of a moon of Uranus and of a butterfly. The name is also an Anglicization of the Welsh goddess, Creiddylad.
fictional detective Cordelia Gay in the works of P.D. James, fictional character Cordelia Chase in TV''s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series