The name Opal is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "gem". Opal is ranked #859 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
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.