The baby name Ophelia is most well known as the name of one of the main characters in the play “Hamlet.” It actually has must more historic roots than this, however, even dating back to ancient Greece. The name rose over 600 spots in the past 60 years, so it may eventually become one of the most popular names for girls.
Meaning of the name Ophelia:
Origin of the name Ophelia:
Ophelia comes from the Greek word “ohelieia.” “Ohelieia” was in use in ancient Greece as a name for girls, but in the 1400s, the name found use again. Ophelia became the more modern version of the name in the poem “Arcadia,” and later, in the play “Hamlet” by Shakespeare.
Symbolism of the name Ophelia:
Ophelia means “helper” as it retains the same meaning of “Ohelieia.” This original Greek name meant “help” or “advantage.”
Style of the name Ophelia:
Gender of the name Ophelia:
Ophelia is a female baby name.
Pronunciation of the name Ophelia:
o-FEEL-ee-uh or o-FEEL-yah
Number of syllables in the name Ophelia:
Three or four depending on pronunciation
Emotion evoked from the name Ophelia:
The baby name Ophelia feels classic, vintage, and antique. Currently, it still retains a standing of a more unique name for girls.
Alternative spellings for the name Ophelia:
Nicknames for the name Ophelia:
Popularity of the name Ophelia:
The name Ophelia was on the Social Security Index from 1900 to 1958, never finding its way to the top 200 list. In 2015, the name was put back on the top 1,000 list at number 979 overall. As of 2020, the name ranks at number 391 for girls.
Related names for the name Ophelia:
Great middle names for Ophelia and their meanings:
- Estelle (star)
- Claire (clear)
- Eve (life giver)
- Lauren (the bay, laurel plant)
- Helene (shining light)
- Sophie (wisdom)
Famous people with the name Ophelia:
- Ophelia Benson (feminist author)
- Ophelia Ford (politician in America)
- Ophelia Lovibond (actress
- Ophelia Dahl (social justice advocate)
- Ophelia Dimalanta (Filipina poet)
Ophelias in popular culture:
- Ophelia (character in Shakepeare's “Hamlet”)
- Ophelia (character from “Trading Places”)
- Ophelia Sage (character from “Savages”)
- Ophelia Frump (character from “The Addams Family”)
- Ophelia (character from “Awkward”)