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Gender: Female Meaning of Ophelia: "help" Origin of Ophelia: Greek Ophelia's Popularity in 2017: #416

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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Famous People Named Ophelia

Ophelia Benson, American feminist author
(Emma) Ophelia DeVore, American model
Ophelia Ford, American politician
Ophelia Lucy Lovibond, English actress
Ophelia Marie, Dominican Calypso singer
Ophelia Alcantara Dimalanta, Filipina poet
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"
Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, main character in "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy" by Karen Foxlee
"Rippling" Ophelia, character in Norihiro Yagi's 'Claymore'
Ophelia, character on "The Royals"
Ophelia, character in MTV's "Awkward"
Ophelia, dog of singer Ariana Grande
Ophelia Mayer, a main character on MTV's Sweet/Vicious
"Ophelia" song by The Band
"Ophelia" a song by Japanese rock group L'Arc-en-Ciel
"Ophelia" song by the band The Lumineers
"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
Hurricane Ophelia, 2017 storm
Ophelia Banksly, main character of the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

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

Ophelia's International Variations

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