Borrowed from 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 love interest of Hamlet.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒˈfiːlɪə/, /əʊˈfiːlɪə/, /əˈfiːlɪə/
- (US) IPA(key): /oʊˈfiljə/, /oʊˈfili.ə/
- A female given name
- (astronomy) A moon of Uranus, named after the character in Hamlet.
- Although rarely used today, Ophelia as a given name was somewhat popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.