Ophelia


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Help.”

Pronunciation: (oh-FEE-lee-ah)

Nicknames: Ophie, Phe, Lia,

Detail: Derived from Greek ophelos meaning “help”.

This name was probably created by the 15th-century poet Jacopo Sannazaro for a character in his poem “Arcadia”.

It was borrowed by Shakespeare for his play Hamlet, in which it belongs to Hamlet’s lover who eventually goes insane and drowns herself.

Variations:

  • Ofélia (Portugese)
  • Ofelia (Spanish, Italian)
  • Ophelia (English)
  • Ophélie (French) [oh-fay-LEE]
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2 thoughts on “Ophelia

  1. Love Ophelia. My sister has pretty much made it clear that she is going to use it for one of her daughters. She’s a little more bold than I am when it comes to names, I’d be too chicken to use it even though it’s beautiful. Ophelia is my sister’s favorite Shakespearean heroine.

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