While I think Ophelia is pretty (it's not too dark for me, but I think it will be for some), I'd be too afraid of the "I'll feel ya" jokes in middle school to use the name myself. I also have a habit of putting prefixes on the name when I hear it, like "hemophelia" and "pedophelia," which gives me pause.
A friend of mine just used this name for her baby, and she's already wishing she'd used it as a middle name due to the potential teasing.
If you're worried about teasing, why not use it as a middle? It works really with some of the names you may be considering with Sylvie, like:
I love Eva, and can't wait to see the names you choose for the twins!
Thanks, I can't wait to see, too. I don't think I'll know til I am in the hospital.
It is a little too dark for me - middle name would be better but . . . Still pretty dark. I think of the book Reviving Ophelia (or something like that) describing girls who are passive and sad that isn't the association I would want for a little girl. However, of course, that's just me!
It would be a great middle name.
I must be oblivious, why is Ophelia dark? I think it's gorgeous! I think it'd be an awesome first name, with something simple, like Ophelia Jane. It is a little out there, though, if I were you I'd consider whether or not you think you can pull it off, if you can, chances are good your daughter can.
Ophelia is only dark because of Hamlet - she is jilted, her father is murdered, she runs mad and kills herself...
I know a few Ophelias and nobody plays around with their names in a dodgy way to my knowledge... One has the nickname 'O', the other is 'Fee' but insists on her full name now she's grown up.