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I really love the name Ophelia, nick name "Lia"
Any negative/ positive emotions from others about this name?
I can't shake the Hamlet connection, and that was such a sad situation. I don't know if I'd feel comfortable with it. It's a very pretty name, musically, but the connotation isn't all that happy.
Also, it was Jamie Lee Curtis's character in Trading Places, although that reference might be more obscure and people are not likely to think of it.
I like Ophelia. There was a mama on the tri boards with me when I was pregnant with DS who named her daughter Ophelia.
I'm not a fan of nicknames though, so I wouldn't call her Lia. I don't get naming your child a beautiful name you love and then calling them something else. Just my two cents =)
Yea Hamlet is the only hang-up I have. Unfortunatley it seems to be the first thought when everybody hears the name.
haha i love the expression "Opheliac"
I like it a lot. You might get a lot of people who tell you they don't like it because of the play, "Hamlet," but if that doesn't bother you, then use it. Just about every single name is going to have some kind of negative connotation to it one way or another.
Also, if you love it and are going to use it, consider keeping it a secret until baby arrives. It's a lot harder for people to insult a name when it's attached to a sweet baby
It is a beautiful name!
handsonthewheel:I'm a huge fan of Shakespearean names but I think the connotation with Ophelia is too sad and tragic to use for a first name. I'd be all for using it as a middle name, though.
Yea I would call her Ophelia myself not Lia but I feel like nicknames always happen so I am thinking about them too.
Like.. I also love the name Adeline but I'm only luke warm about "Addy" and I know all her friends will probably have short names for her.
Ps. I don't know if the baby is a boy or girl yet but for some reason I love girl names more.
If you love it, use it... just think of nicknames... in this case "i feel ya" funny way to agree with a person or... a way to tease a high school girl without outright calling them a ho.
ETA: I forgot to mention that although I wouldn't use it myself, I do like the name... it's very pretty and goes with my naming style.... I'm just thinking about cruel adolescent boys.