August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
From Greek, meaning “help”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Fili, Filia, Fillie, Filly, Ofelia, Ofelie, Ophalia, Ophélie, Phelia, Phelie, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Ophelia (Ophalia) Scully, the woman who Mrs. Major O’Dowd’s cousin, Dan Malony, married in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).