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Gender: F Meaning of Opal: "gem" Origin of Opal: Sanskrit

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Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance of coming back as another O-initial option.

The ancient Greeks believed that opals were formed from the tears of joy wept by Zeus when he defeated the titans, and that the opal bestowed prophetic powers; the Romans considered it a symbol of hope and good fortune. It was a favorite gem of Queen Victoria.

Opal Pelis is a character in Theodore Dreiser's seminal 1925 novel An American Tragedy.

And keeping with the O theme, Opal is the birthstone of October, making it an appropriate choice for a little girl born in that month.

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Famous People Named Opal

Opal Kunz, American aviatrix
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Opal Carew, American romance novelist
Stephanie Opal Weinstein, American musician and ex-wife of Pantera's Phil Anselmo

Pop Culture References for the Name Opal

Opal, cat in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
Opal Koboi, villainess in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Opal McHone, character in "Christy"
Opal Cortlandt, character on TV soap "All My Children"
Opal Smith, character on British soap "EastEnders"
India Opal Buloni, main character in "Because of Winn-Dixie"
Opal, talk show host (parody of Oprah) on TV's "The Simpsons"
Opal, American alternative rock band
"How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," novel by Kaavya Viswanathan (later revealed as plagiarized)

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