What does Ophelia mean?
Ophelia /ophe-lia/ [4 sylls.] 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.
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Ophelia for girls. Ophelia reached its peak position of #260 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Ophelia and affiliated names. Ofelia is the only other popular variation form of Ophelia rated in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.449%) and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Ofelia and Ophelia becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)