Opal Origin and Meaning

The name Opal is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "gem".

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.

# 525 in the US

Opal Rank in US Top 1000

# 325 on Nameberry

Opal Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Opal Popularity

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Famous People Named Opal

  • Opal Kunz (born Opal Logan Giberson)American aviatrix
  • Opal Irene WhiteleyAmerican nature writer and diarist
  • Opal S. Trout HillAmerican pro golfer
  • Opal CarewCanadian romance novelist
  • Stephanie Opal WeinsteinAmerican musician; ex,wife of Pantera's Phil Anselmo
  • Opal Taft "Opie" Catesmale American clarinetist, bandleader and actor

Opal in Pop Culture

  • Opalescence "Opal"cat in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
  • Opal Koboivillainess in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • Opal McHonecharacter in "Christy"
  • Opal Cortlandtcharacter on American soap "All My Children"
  • Opal Smithcharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • India Opal Bulonimain character in "Because of Winn,Dixie"
  • Opaltalk show host (parody of Oprah) on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • "How Opal Mehta Got KissedGot Wild, and Got a Life," novel by Kaavya Viswanathan (later revealed as plagiarized)
  • Opal Beifonga character in animated series "The Legend of Korra"
  • "Opal Plumstead" novel by by Jacqueline Wilson and its main character
  • OpalAmerican alternative rock band
  • Opal Cowencharacter in the study series by Maria V. Snyder
  • Opalcharacter on the cartoon "Steven Universe"
  • Opalcontactless smartcard ticketing system for public transport services in the greater Sydney area of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Opalcharacter in "The Raven Cycle" by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Opal Gilstrapcharacter in Spike Lee's film "She's Gotta Have It"
  • Opal Weisecharacter in "When Calls the Heart"
  • Opal Blanchecharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Opalan elephant villager from Animal Crossing