The name Ophelia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "help". Ophelia is ranked #416 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".
From the experts:
Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet's tragic heroine—for whom he 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.
Off the list since 1958, Ophelia reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015, and rose almost 400 spots in a year (the fourth-most of any girls' name) to reach Number 580 in 2016. You may be surprised to learn that Ophelia is one of only four girl names starting with O to rank in the Top 1000.
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.
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