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Gender: Female Meaning of Opal: "gem" Origin of Opal: Sanskrit Opal's Popularity in 2017: #859

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 "Spelling Bee Name Game".

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.

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Famous People Named Opal

Opal Kunz (born Opal Logan Giberson), American aviatrix
Opal Irene Whiteley, American nature writer and diarist
Opal S. Trout Hill, American pro golfer
Opal Carew, Canadian romance novelist
Stephanie Opal Weinstein, American musician; ex-wife of Pantera's Phil Anselmo
Opal Taft "Opie" Cates, male American clarinetist, bandleader and actor

Pop Culture References for the name Opal

Opalescence "Opal", cat in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
Opal Koboi, villainess in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Opal McHone, character in "Christy"
Opal Cortlandt, character on American soap "All My Children"
Opal Smith, character on British soap "EastEnders"
India Opal Buloni, main character in "Because of Winn-Dixie"
Opal, talk show host (parody of Oprah) on TV's "The Simpsons"
"How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life," novel by Kaavya Viswanathan (later revealed as plagiarized)
Opal Beifong, a character in animated series "The Legend of Korra"
"Opal Plumstead," novel by by Jacqueline Wilson and its main character
Opal, American alternative rock band
Opal Cowen, character in the study series by Maria V. Snyder
Opal, character on the cartoon "Steven Universe"
Opal, contactless smartcard ticketing system for public transport services in the greater Sydney area of New South Wales, Australia.
Opal, character in "The Raven Cycle" by Maggie Stiefvater
Opal Gilstrap, character in Spike Lee's film "She's Gotta Have It"
Opal Weise, character in "When Calls the Heart"

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