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Gender: F Meaning of Ophelia: "help" Origin of Ophelia: Greek Ophelia's Popularity in 2016: #580

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. It's Number 31 on Nameberry.

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.

Famous People Named Ophelia

Ophelia Benson, American author
Ophelia DeVore, American model
Ophelia Ford, American politician
Ophelia Lucy Lovibond, English actress
Ophelia Marie, Dominican Calypso singer
Ophelia Magdalena Dahl, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Ophelia

Ophelia, character in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
Ophelia, character in movie "Trading Places"
Ophelia "O" Sage, character in movie "Savages"
Ophelia Frump, character on TV's "The Addams Family"
"Rippling" Ophelia, character in Norihiro Yagi's 'Claymore'
"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
Ophelia, character on "The Royals"
"Ophelia" a song by Japanese rock group L'Arc-en-Ciel
"Ophelia" song by the band The Lumineers
Ophelia, character in MTV's "Awkward"
Ophelia, dog of singer Ariana Grande
"Ophelia" song by The Band
Ophelia Mayer, a main character on MTV's Sweet/Vicious
Hurricane Ophelia, 2017 storm

Ophelie, Availia, Ubelia, Ovelia, Ovalia, Ophelya, Ophilia, Uvelia, Phelia

Ophelia's International Variations

Ophélie, Ofilia (French) Ofelia, Filia (Spanish)