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The Opal represents Hope.
Tbird  7/27/2005
The opal is a very soft gemstone.
echo_of_the_past  7/31/2005
Opal Koboi is a villain in the "Artemis Fowl" book series. She is a pixie genius.
patchworkgirl  2/23/2006
Opal was the name of Opal Whitely, a woman who became very famus in the 20's for her childhood diary, which she published, but people accused her of fraud. This is a very interesting story that almost no one knows about, I would recommend it.
nelirosala  6/10/2006
Sweet, soft, graceful name.
Surreal  9/24/2006
I think I once heard, sorry if I am wrong, that an opal is actually meant to be unlucky? If so, and you're one of those superstitious people, perhaps this isn't the best name for your child.
Surreal  12/27/2006
I like this name because it's simple and beautiful, much like the actual Opal stone, which is one of my favourite gemstones.
black_lace  1/26/2007
The superstition is that opals are unlucky to the wearer unless it is the wearer's birthstone.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2007
I think this name is so cute and sweet! It has been one of my favorites since I was little. :)
elysa  3/14/2007
This is my name, and I love it. My mother told me she named me this because of the gem. She said she loved that an Opal has a milky white (innocent) outside, but still has a fire (spunk) on the inside, and that's how a girl/woman should be. Stay nice and sweet, but have a fire and spunk inside.
Chanel  4/14/2008
In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. However, modern superstition attributes bad luck to the stone, though some believe this is avoided if opal is the owner's birthstone (that is, the owner was born in October) or if the stone is a gift. Even under the last czar at the beginning of the 20th century, it was believed that when a Russian of any sex, of any rank, saw an opal, amongst other goods offered for sale, he or she would not buy anything more, since, in the judgement of subjects of the czar, the opal embodied the evil eye. It's possible that the stone's extreme fragility (when compared to other gemstones) has contributed to this bad reputation.
Chanel  4/14/2008
Opals may be beautiful, but as a name, it just sounds really ugly! The 'o' sound stressed, the ''pulll'' sound following it. It's just ugly in its short entirety. It's very old-fashioned too.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
For some reason, I really like this name, and think it would be a great middle name. :) I'm not sure why though.
-Julia-  9/11/2009
I'd love to use this name as a creative way of honoring my mother; her birth month is October.
ferryboats  2/27/2010
I usually love old fashioned names, but this one is kind of blah.
Liesl  10/5/2010
I think that this name can also be used for males as well as females. I admit, it is very rare, but it does happen.
Giacobbe.Serperior  1/4/2012
I think Opal is a beautiful name! Very unique too.
― Anonymous User  8/31/2012
The name Opal is still in use, though rare. It was given to 105 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I think this would be a lovely, refreshing name on a young girl but I feel as she ages it becomes dull and unattractive. Not sure if I'd use it.
autumncon  6/17/2014
Unique and lovely, but a bit on the sickly side, when I think of Opal fruits. At least they are called starbursts now, though!
Hushpuppy  8/17/2014
The Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, and the black Opal is the state gemstone of New South Wales.

The Australian national women's basketball team is called The Opals because of this.
AustraLiana  9/3/2014
This is such a beautiful, rare name. (♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡ I think it's seriously harsh calling it "ugly". ಠ╭╮ಠ I don't mind at all that this name is considered old-fashioned & I LOVE how it's the birthstone of October! (#⌒∇⌒#)ゞ.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2014
One of my favorite O names; it's a unique, rare gem name with a cool sound.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  3/28/2015
Opal Cortlandt was a character on All My Children for many years. She was played by Dorothy Lyman and Jill Larsen.
wbbuff  4/14/2015
Besides being my favorite stone/gem, this name is an oldie but goodie. I would rather hear the name Opal than Jewel or Jade personally. Those names to me sound "trashy." Please forgive me if that is your name.
In the book and movie "Because of Winn Dixie" Opal is the name of the young girl in the story.

It also has a southern charm to it! This name deserves a comeback!
LV51sfan91  5/10/2015
Opal is the name of my 6 month old rescue pure white mini-Rex bunny. She came with her name and it fit her so perfectly that I didn't even consider changing it. I didn't know until reading this site that it was so old fashioned though. Sounds like it fits into the modern world of girl names just fine.
lorimorton  6/10/2015
Normally I love names that start with "O" (the letter "o" tends to draw my eye), and I think the Opal stone is gorgeous in its many color varieties. However, as a name... my tongue trips over the second syllable. I could never use this, or the elaboration Opaline, as a name.
erb816  7/21/2015
This name has been ruined for me, as a namesake nearly wrecked my home state of Alabama...
JaySeeKay  12/1/2015
Opal is the name of a character in the tv series 'The Legend of Korra'.
Lumi  4/13/2016
The name Opal was given to 229 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Opal was the name of Judy's aunt in the children's novel Judy Moody.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2017
Hurricane Opal was a Category 4 hurricane that caused severe damage along the Gulf Coast of the United States. It was the ninth hurricane and the strongest of the 1995 Atlantic hurricane season.
XYKLONE  12/6/2017
A girl I went to school with named her daughter this, she would be about 11 now & I still find the name intriguing. It’s very different, I kind of like it.
ItsDeleceNotDallas  12/23/2017
Our 5 year old daughter is Opal. We live in Australia and she has vivid blue transparent eyes, although we didn't obviously know this at the time of naming. We love her name, she gets "O", "Opes" and Opal.
She seems to love her name and we do as well. Yes Opal is the name of bus/train passes round here (came out after we named her) - but still would have picked it. To me it is beautiful, strong, unique and Australian. Happy to hear otherwise.
GKT  3/4/2018

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