Of Greek origin.

Derives from the Greek word “όφελος”, ophelos, meaning help, profit.

It was first used as a given name by poet Jacopo Sannazaro in his 1504 poem “Arcadia”.

In 1600 William Shakespeare named Ophelia the character of Hamlet’s lover, in his play “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”.

Other forms of the name are Ofelia, Ophélie, Ophelya, Phelia.

Famous bearers are Ophelia Lovibond, Ophelia Marie, Ophelia Benson.