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From the Italian Ofelia, coined by the poet Jacopo Sannazaro in his poem Arcadia (1504), probably from the Ancient Greek ὠφέλειᾰ ‎(ōphéleia, help”, “aid”, “succour). The name was used by William Shakespeare for the ill-fated bride of Hamlet.


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  1. A female given name
    • 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act V, Scene i:
      I lov’d Ophelia: forty thousand brothers // Could not, with all their quantity of love, // Make up my sum.
  2. (astronomy) A moon of Uranus, named after the character in Hamlet.

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  • Although rarely used today, Ophelia as a given name was somewhat popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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