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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 "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.

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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"
Opal Blanche, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

Opale, Opaline, Opalina, Opall

Comments

Tora Says:

2018-11-21T10:06:49

No such thing as sadly underused. I love finding beautiful names that not many other people have.

sELEAr Says:

2018-05-08T19:55:51

Love this vintage name, especially when paired with Lydia! Opal Lydia!

CookieCrumbs Says:

2018-01-12T09:29:33

Actually, it's separate connotations. :3 My opinions on the name re: the gem stone are unrelated to the cartoon. I just happen to like the show as well as the name.

lucid Says:

2017-09-09T01:43:09

I love this name (like I love many other gemstone names) but this name is too commonly associated with public transport due to our ticketing system where I live being called "Opal".

Piteco Says:

2017-09-02T21:35:59

Opal is my favorite gem ever. A stone that seens to have a rainbow or a mini-universe inside. A beautiful gem makes a beautiful name. When I think in Opal I picture a little girl with dark hair, mulato skin and beautiful blue green eyes.

pixelatedinfants Says:

2017-06-11T15:11:33

The shapeshifting thing---since opal's a fusion of amethyst and pearl and amethysyt loves shapeshifting

pixelatedinfants Says:

2017-06-11T15:10:42

nice profile pic

pixelatedinfants Says:

2017-06-11T15:10:26

all i wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman

MonikerWanderer Says:

2017-05-13T13:15:10

I've just recently fallen in love with this name. It would be a perfect middle!

CookieCrumbs Says:

2017-05-02T07:35:21

Love Opal.

To me it represents change within a person, and shapeshifting, if that makes sense. (Because of the color change qualities of an opal.) I also think of the Steven Universe character, who is pretty awesome, but that's just because I'm really into that show. xD

Alicia1 Says:

2017-03-09T02:41:07

I want to like it, I just don't.

Foxears Says:

2016-11-27T07:43:45

I have photo like that of my great aunt Opal. :)
(20th century though)

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-21T01:56:41

Lovely name, hopefully on the verge of coming back into style somewhat

Sherinichole Says:

2016-11-18T05:18:13

I named my daughter Opal in 2014. It is my great grandmas name. Everyone who hears it, loves it! Or at least they act like they do but most responses are genuinely enthusiastic. And it fits my baby girl so perfect. I absolutely love having my daughter named Opal! I wish I could share a photo of her on here :) She is beautiful and so strong and creative.

whatchamacallit Says:

2016-11-05T03:25:40

I feel the same. I really want to like it.

MJadeF Says:

2015-06-04T00:05:53

I really like this name. Some people say its old timey, but I think it's a name you can use forever.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-05-04T12:01:15

I find Opal to be a luminescent sort of name- I imagine a lovely young woman in the 19th century smiling from a vintage black and white photograph. It's feminine without sounding too girly, and I think it's a charming vintage name ready to be revived.

Chloe14 Says:

2015-04-14T15:53:45

I love the film, haven't read the book though, what's it like? The film used to be a favorite of mine, I used to like AnnaSophia Robb. I think Opal is a really cool name. I think if no one has seen the film or read the book, then there wouldn't be a problem. Although, I think is someone used India Opal that may alert people to the film and book. But just Opal shouldn't be a problem, but isn't Opal just like her middle name or something? Cool name though, Opal is lovely. So is India too, though.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:

2015-04-14T15:33:14

This name is very "Because of Winn-Dixie" to me. I do love thw book and movie though. I liked the name Opal when I read the book.

flora_kate Says:

2015-03-04T22:01:39

Pretty, sadly underused gem name!

Jessica Scarlet Says:

2015-02-25T20:21:19

I've always wanted to call my future daughter this ever since I watched Because Of Winn-Dixie when I was 13. After India Opal, I love this name.

steampunkleo Says:

2015-02-21T12:05:33

Polly is cute and would definitely work as a nickname

Essa Says:

2015-02-21T11:16:39

Prolly could work but it's a bit of a stretch. I think Opal works best as it is. Polly is a perfectly nice name to use as a full name as well though.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

2015-02-21T08:55:45

I think Opal is perfect enough on its own but that's just my opinion.

ElsaAnne Says:

2015-02-21T07:48:50

Does Polly work as a nickname, or is Opal perfect enough on its own?

Eva Thyssen Says:

2014-09-23T01:49:43

Opal Astra?

helenlouise Says:

2014-09-20T16:46:22

I flick back and forth between thinking this is beautiful and thinking it is ugly, it's an odd one!

catcher5 Says:

2014-09-05T21:40:23

I love the sound of this name, but I don't really like the way it looks.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

2014-09-01T23:58:27

I love this name and it is definitely on my list as a first name with the middle name Juliet :)

klemley18 Says:

2014-07-07T15:57:49

This is my grandmothers middle name.

Aswennu Says:

2014-07-07T10:26:52

My grandmother's name, I've always loved it