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What does Ophelia mean?

Ophelia /ophe-lia/ as a girls' name is pronounced oh-FEEL-yah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Ophelia is "help". Name of the unfortunate maiden who loved Hamlet in Shakespeare's play "Hamlet". Mostly late 19th century use.

Associated with: greek, play (opera), 19th century


Ophelia has 12 variants: Availia, Filia, Ofelia, Ofilia, Ophelie, Ophelya, Ophilia, Ovalia, Ovelia, Phelia, Ubelia and Uvelia.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Ophela, Ophevia, ..

(male) Ophelo, Opherin, ..

How popular is Ophelia?

Ophelia is a very popular first name for females (#858 out of 4276, Top 20%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Ophelia for girls. Ophelia reached its peak position of #260 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1120. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ophelia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ophelia outside U.S.

Shown below is an analysis of the statistics of Ophelia and affiliated names. Ofelia is the only other popular variation form of Ophelia (#1120 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Ophelia were popular with parents a century ago and have become significantly less popular since, with the form Ophelia becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ophelia, Ofelia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ophelia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Abelia, Aemelia, Althelia, Angelia, Arcelia, Arthelia, Athalia, Audelia, Azelia, Bedelia, Belia, Cacelia, Camelia, Cecelia, Celia, Chelsia, Clelia, Dahlia, Deelia, Dorelia, Emelia, Ethenia, Euphemia, Evelia, Fecelia, Fidelia, Helia, Jamelia, Kamelia, Kikelia, Kodelia, Leelia, Lelia, Loelia, Mahelia, Mehalia, Melia, Mihalia, Neelia, Odeelia (see Odelia), Odela, Odelia, Odelina, Odella, Odellia, Olevia, Olia, Onjella, Opalina, Ophra, Oralia, Orbella, Orelda, Orelia, Orielda, Orphea, Orphia, Orselina (see Orsa), Ottilia, Otylia, Pamelia, Pelia, Phemia, Philia, Romelia, Sarelia, Secelia, Seelia, Shalia, Shelia, Sheria, Tahlia, Thalia, Theia and Udelia (see Odele). These names tend to be less frequently used than Ophelia.