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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Cor"dial
  1. Proceeding from the heart.(Obs)"A rib with cordial spirits warm." [Milton.]
  2. Hearty; sincere; warm; affectionate."He . . . with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamored." [Milton.]
  3. Tending to revive, cheer, or invigorate; giving strength or spirits."Behold this cordial julep here That flames and dances in his crystal bounds." [Milton.]
    synonyms: Hearty; sincere; heartfelt; warm; affectionate; cheering; invigorating. See Hearty.

Etymology: LL. cordialis, fr. L. cor heart: cf. F. cordial. See Heart

noun Cor"dial
  1. Anything that comforts, gladdens, and exhilarates."Charms to my sight, and cordials to my mind." [Dryden.]
  2. [Med] Any invigorating and stimulating preparation; as, a peppermint cordial .
  3. [Com] Aromatized and sweetened spirit, used as a beverage; a liqueur.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
  2. Diffusing warmth and friendliness ("cordial relations" and "a cordial greeting")
  3. Sincerely or intensely felt ("a cordial regard for his visitor's comfort" and "a cordial abhorrence of waste")
  4. Politely warm and friendly ("a cordial handshake")

From Middle English cordial, from Old French cordial, from Medieval Latin cordiālis (“of the heart”), from cor (“heart”).

  1. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A concentrated noncarbonated soft drink which is diluted with water before drinking.
  2. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) An individual serving of such a diluted drink.
  3. A pleasant-tasting medicine.
  4. A liqueur prepared using the infusion process.
  5. A candy (or bonbon) usually made of milk chocolate, filled with small fruits (often maraschino cherries) and syrup or fondant.

cordial was also found in the following language(s): French, Portuguese, Romansch, and Spanish

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Popularity of Cordial as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cordial U.S.
  White 88.08% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.30% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cordial

People with the last name Cordial are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cordial

  • How Popular is the name Cordial? As a last name Cordial was the 46,902nd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Cordial first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cordial is Saturday, February 11th, 1888.
  • How unique is the name Cordial? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cordial. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cordial: Your name in reverse order is Laidroc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Caloird. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cordial? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 453 people with the last name Cordial.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cordial? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cordial as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.