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Gender: F Meaning of Ophelia: "help" Origin of Ophelia: Greek

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Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet's tragic heroine--for whom he seems to have invented the name-- but more and more parents are beginning to put that association aside. There is also a gutsy Ophelia in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 Uncle Tom's Cabin, which seems to have had some influence on baby namers at the time.

Off the list since 1958, Ophelia once ranked as high as Number 236. Among the actresses who have played modern non-Shakespearean Ophelias are Jamie Lee Curtis and Blake Lively. The heroine of the film Pan's Labyrinth used the Spanish spelling, Ofelia.

Actress Patricia Neal and author Roald Dahl named one of their now grown daughters Ophelia, and more recently musician Dave Grohl named his baby girl Ophelia Saint.

Famous People Named Ophelia

Ophelia Benson, American author
Ophelia DeVore, American model
Ophelia Ford, American politician
Ophelia Magdalena Dahl, American social justice and health care advocate (daughter of writer Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal)
Ophelia Saint Grohl (daughter of musician Dave Grohl)

Pop Culture References for the Name Ophelia

Character in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
Heroine of "Pan's Labyrinth" was named Ofelia
Jamie Lee Curtis's character in 1983's "Trading Places"
Ophelia "O" Sage, Blake Lively's character in 2012's "Savages"
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, a book written by Mary Pipher in 1994
"Rippling" Ophelia, character in Norihiro Yagi's 'Claymore'

Availia, Ophelie, Ophelya, Ophilia, Ovalia, Ovelia, Phelia, Ubelia, Uvelia

Ophelia's International Variations

Ophélie, Ofilia (French) Ofelia, Filia (Spanish)