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Ophelia is the second of Uranus' known satellites (moons).
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2005
I really like this name, I think it is very beautiful, feminine, delicate and unique but not weird.
-- Laleroc  7/5/2005
I once knew a horse named Ophelia who had a bunch of warts on her nose. I still love this name, despite the weird image that forms in my mind everytime it's mentioned.
-- Arrows  11/22/2005
There is also a film called Dying Like Ophelia.
-- wiswina  12/16/2005
Delicate, graceful and very literary.
-- tmarie  3/12/2006
It's a pretty name in the vein of Phoebe and Daphne but I couldn't bear to give it to a kid with the impression it gives of mental illness and suicide. Darn you, Shakespeare!
-- crystallatsyrc  5/11/2006
I think it's very pretty. However there is teasing potential since it's pronounced oh feel ya.
-- Mommy2B  6/15/2006
Mme. Ophelia Oglepuss was one of Burr Tillstrom's puppets on the Kukla, Fran and Ollie show. She was supposed to be a retired opera singer.
-- Kosta  7/27/2006
I personally pronounce it "o-FAY-lya".
-- gaelruadh19  8/14/2006
Beautiful, and very rare, I like it pronounced both oFEELia and oFAYLia.
-- nelirosala  8/30/2006
I really just don't like this name, I do have to agree that some teasing could happen with this name. Actually I know of a very nice cat with this name.
-- Anonymous User  12/3/2006
I agree, I would not give this name to a child because of the character in Shakespeare's play. It is still very nice, though, and pretty sounding.
-- bobcat_explorer  12/23/2006
I like this name and when hearing it no images of mental illness or breakdown come to my mind. Only those who are Shakespeare readers may tease over this name.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2007
The French version is Ophélie, pronounced o-fay-LEE.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2007
I like the name Ophelia, I first heard from my English teacher. She loves the name, but couldn't use it when she had a daughter. Her last name is Hamlet--no joke.
-- Anonymous User  4/11/2007
Ophelia is a character from a book by Louise Lawrence called Children of the Dust.
-- Anonymous User  4/29/2007
I think a character that goes loses her mind and kills herself is a wonderful name for a little girl. It's a beautiful name. Who cares if some people don't like the character from Hamlet?
-- Eee  6/15/2007
Pedophelia?
Necrophelia?
Hemophelia?
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2007
All I hear is "I feel ya".
-- Anonymous User  9/13/2007
I hate this name: it's so pretentiously theatrical, and who on earth would name a child after a character that went mad and killed herself?
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2007
A character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin bears this name: Miss Ophelia St. Clair. She comes to take care of her cousin Augustine St. Clair's family.
-- Wunderkind_Princess  11/17/2007
Ophie is a cute nickname for Ophelia, but I'm not really a fan of the name.
-- Anonymous User  12/22/2007
I named my cello Ophelia. What an elegant name for an elegant instrument. Isn't that just captivating? Thought so.
-- edenrowe  12/30/2007
I have always pronounced this as "Oh-FEEL-ee-uh."
-- shagbo  1/1/2008
Gorgeous name. Maybe a little too fancy to actually name someone. I have an obsession with Shakespeare's Ophelia, which is actually what would prevent me from using this name.
-- black_lace  3/3/2008
I have always pronunciated Ophelia as "o-FELL-lee-ya".
-- Anonymous User  5/1/2008
It's quite a pretty name, but it will surely lead to ''oh feel ya'' jokes. Even if you pronounce it as ''o-FAY-lia'', it sounds too much like some people's pronunciation of ''oh failure'' or ''oh fail, ya''. This is why I'd rather name my daughter Ophelie, pronounced ''o-fu-LEE''.
-- slight night shiver  5/2/2008
My name is Ofelia. I've always hated being called Ofelia, so everyone calls me by my middle name, Mariela. I was teased in middle school by a kid. He would shout out to me "Ofelia Nuts!". Don't name your kids Ophelia or Ofelia. I guarantee they will get teased. It's been like a curse to me.
-- melarulz  5/9/2008
From names such as Hermia, Gertrude, and Romeo, this is the prettiest name Shakespeare has bestowed on a character. I don't immediately think of the Ophelia from Shakespeare, and even if I do, suicide and mental illnesses are quite common in tragedies. I think it makes it a stronger name, have history in literature, although I wouldn't use it on the basis of the Shakespeare character.
I don't think I-feel-ya because I don't think that way.
-- jolidanstitre  5/16/2008
Ophelia is really a lovely name, but it's a shame this site doesn't have the lighter, less Shakespeare-associated French version, Ophélie, pronounced oh-fay-LEE. [noted -ed]
-- ponine  8/23/2008
This name is used in Pan's Labyrinth, but it might be spelt differently.
-- jedi_skye  11/10/2008
The character in Pan's Labyrinth has the Portuguese form of Ophelia, spelled OFÉLIA.
-- LMS  1/25/2009
Beautiful. The best names are always created by poets. They should write all language.
-- Undine  12/13/2008
Ophelia is not in fact Hamlet's lover in Shakespeare's original text.
-- kosmosdrakein  2/8/2009
I think this name is absolutely beautiful but because of the Shakespeare connotations would be a little reluctant to use it.
-- Little Owl  2/14/2009
This name is very beautiful, though I prefer the spelling Ofelia. The Shakespeare association, however, might be too much for some people.
-- bananarama  3/18/2009
I think that Ophelia is a very beautiful, graceful name. It has a tragic namesake, but that tragedy seems to add to the breathless romance of it. I like to pronounce it "oh-FEE-lee-ah."
-- ningyorose  3/29/2009
I think this is a lovely name. If I named my child Ophelia, I'm sure she wouldn't be teased because nobody I know knows anything about Shakespeare, unfortunately.
-- Genevieve_M  4/6/2009
One of the worst names, in my opinion. It just sounds ugly and a little weak.
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2009
This is a beautiful name, but it reminds me of paraphilia.
-- Hushpuppy  4/11/2009
It's supposed to be said like Oh-fee-lee-uh. My friend that lives in France says it Oh-fay-lee-uh.
-- Antique_Cherub  11/4/2009
A famous and historical artifact of this name is a painting by Sir John Everett Millais of Ophelia from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. He was a member of the Pre-Raphaelites. Millais completed the painting in 1852, and it currently hangs in the Tate Britain art gallery in London. The painting features Ophelia singing while floating in a river just before she drowns, as described in Act IV, Scene VII of the play in a speech by Queen Gertrude. Although I personally would never have normally used the name, I now think of it differently because whenever I hear the name, it reminds me of that sad, but very beautiful painting. :)
-- walesgal92  11/8/2009
"Opheliac" is a song by Emilie Autumn, based on the Hamlet character.
-- lucyskydiamonds  1/18/2010
Not only is it ugly, but it makes me think of necrophilia, and pedophilia. Or any other deranged fetish ending in -Ophelia. I'm sure lots of other people would too. Gross.
-- Aureliano  3/2/2010
I named one of my kittens this because she's the strangest cat I've ever had. She likes water, which is rather worrying, considering the Shakespeare character. Personally, I'm a tad obsessed with the character, as well as her mad scene aria.
-- AstridtheLoon  3/17/2010
This is my cat's name and it suits her perfectly. She is prissy and regal and that is sort of how I view this name. I sometimes call her "Ophie" for short. I love the name for my pet, but I'm not sure how I feel about this name for a person. I've never met anyone with this name. It just doesn't seem right for a child--I see it more as an "old woman" name. But definitely a unique and wise older woman!
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2010
This is also the name of a beautiful song and album by Natalie Merchant.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2010
I'm an avid Shakespeare fan, and I love this name. It has a nice ring to it and it's very romantic. And I believe other Shakespeare readers wouldn't necessarily associate it with insanity and suicide. I don't, at least.
-- Hannah_E  5/9/2010
I have always loved this name, it sounds beautiful for to me. However, I'd be careful to avoid the nickname "Ophy"- I think it sounds too much like "Oaf-y", not a nickname that I'd want for my daughter. "Lia" is a much prettier nickname, to me.
-- tramsosmai  5/20/2010
In Bob Dylan's Desolation Row, he mentions Ophelia.

Now Ophelia, she's 'neath the window
For her I feel so afraid
On her twenty-second birthday
She already is an old maid
To her, death is quite romantic
She wears an iron vest
Her profession's her religion
Her sin is her lifelessness
And though her eyes are fixed upon
Noah's great rainbow
She spends her time peeking
Into Desolation Row.

I've never read Hamlet, so I don't know if it's related or not.
-- izzilla  6/21/2010
Though I was pretty much indifferent to it before, I've recently come to really like this name. There's just something about it. I'd consider naming a child this.

And about the Hamlet character, who cares? I'm not one of those people who hates something (this includes names) because of one unpleasant connection it has. I know this horrible woman named Victoria who causes misery in the lives of everyone she comes across, but that hasn't stopped me from liking the name Victoria. People need to learn to separate names from the characters/real people the name's connected to.
-- MorbidHarlequin  7/14/2010
The first thing that comes to mind is the book and movie "Reviving Ophelia".
-- GirlWithN0Name  2/3/2011
I love this name so much. It sounds rather old-fashioned, but that is one of the best things about it.
-- artemis16  2/17/2011
Gorgeous and unusual, though I would never use it. I also can't bring myself to pronounce it oh-feel-ya, no matter how hard I try. It always comes out as oh-feel-e-a.
-- Chrila96  2/24/2011
Ophelia could also mean "serpent."
-- VMarie  4/10/2011
If I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Ophelia. I think it's so dreamy and beautiful. :3
-- mymymetrocard  5/21/2011
Ophelia Devore (born 1922 in Edgefield, South Carolina) was an American fashion model. She is known for being the first mixed race model in the United States.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Nicknames:
(S)Ophie
Opie
Lia
Phelie
Felie
Pelie.
-- SEC908  11/30/2012
A colleauge named one of her daughters Carys Ophelia, but she goes by Ophelia or Ophie. It's pretty, feminine and reminds me of a fairy. It's also a great alternative to the popular Olivia - I doubt there'd be 3 Olivia's and 4 Ophelias in a class! Good nicknames would be Ophie, Ollie or even Phiephie/Fifi! It's definitely on the list for child number 3!
-- Piplup_and_Petilil  1/12/2013
I love this name, but I'm afraid to use it now that my mother pointed out that it sounds like pedophilia and necrophilia. :( Nonetheless, it's my cat's name, but I call her Ophie.
-- MorbidHarlequin  2/28/2013
Another variant is Auphelia.
-- WSaffron  3/10/2013
Although it's making a comeback in the UK, Ophelia is still relatively unpopular in the US. The name was given to 137 baby girls here in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I like the name, but I would never use it due to the connotations it gives. It's very similar to the character in Pan's Labyrinth called Ofelia.
-- Almonds  11/7/2013
Whenever I hear this name I think of the song by "The Band." I'm a fan. Not my number one choice, but it's unique and pretty. I think you'd have to be a pretty cool person to pull it off.
-- Muddyb00ts  4/17/2014
My name is Ophelia and yes, it's a very unique name. What I didn't get is how you people criticize the name for how it sounds and where it derived from.
1-I am in High School and I don't get picked on about my name at all
2-Only my closest friends actually are allowed to make fun of my names such as oh feel ya and pedophilia and just the name in general but I don't get butthurt or anything.
3-When people really meet someone named Ophelia, they tend to just compliment us on how unique and beautiful our name is in general-NO ONE makes fun of the name-it's too beautiful to be made fun of if you don't know them personally.
-- Ophelia Richards  5/8/2014

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