Ophelia Origin and Meaning

The name Ophelia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "help".

Ophelia reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015 after more than 50 years off the charts, and rose more than 600 spots since then, with no signs of slowing down. Could Ophelia may be the next Olivia?

Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet's tragic heroine—for whom Shakespeare 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.

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.

# 272 in the US

Ophelia Rank in US Top 1000

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Ophelia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ophelia Popularity

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Famous People Named Ophelia

  • Ophelia BensonAmerican feminist author
  • (Emma) Ophelia DeVoreAmerican model
  • Ophelia FordAmerican politician
  • Ophelia Lucy LovibondEnglish actress
  • Ophelia MarieDominican Calypso singer
  • Ophelia DaggerYouTuber
  • Ophelia Alcantara DimalantaFilipina poet
  • Ophelia Magdalena DahlAmerican social justice and health care advocate, daughter of writer Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal
  • Ophelia Saint Grohl (b. 2014)daughter of musician Dave Grohl

Ophelia in Pop Culture

  • Opheliacharacter in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
  • Opheliacharacter in movie "Trading Places"
  • Ophelia "O" Sagecharacter in movie "Savages"
  • Ophelia Frumpcharacter on TV's "The Addams Family"
  • Ophelia Jane WorthingtonWhittard, main character in "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee
  • "Rippling" Opheliacharacter in Norihiro Yagi's 'Claymore'
  • Opheliacharacter on "The Royals"
  • Opheliacharacter in MTV's "Awkward"
  • Opheliadog of singer Ariana Grande
  • Ophelia Mayera main character on MTV's Sweet/Vicious
  • "Ophelia" song by The Band
  • "Ophelia" a song by Japanese rock group L'Arcen,Ciel
  • "Ophelia" song by the band The Lumineers
  • "Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls" book by Mary Pipher
  • "Ophelia" song by american singer Natalie Merchant
  • "Ophelia" song by french singer Nolwenn Leroy
  • "Sweet Ophelia" song by american singer Zella Day
  • "Dear Ophelia" a song by the Steampunk band Abney Park
  • Hurricane Ophelia2017 storm
  • Ophelia Bankslymain character of the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Ophelianame of Madame Hydra in the framework of Marvels agents of shield tv

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