Ophelie is the French alternative to the name Ophelia. Before Shakespeare’s tragic heroine in Hamlet stole the spotlight, the name first appeared in Jacopo Sannazaro’s 1504 poem Arcadia as Ofelia. It must have been derived from the Greek word ōphéleia meaning “help” and “benefit.” Naming baby Ophelie can nurture their kind and compassionate self, so much so that your little one’s presence is a healing balm for the world.
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