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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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Pop Culture References for the Name Opal

Name of a cat in "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
Villainess in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Opal McHone, supporting character in Catherine Marshall's "Christy"
Opal Cortlandt (nee Gardner & Purdy), character on "All My Children"
India Opal Buloni, main character "Because of Winn-Dixie" (Kate diCamillo)

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