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69k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
419
in the U.S.
in 2010

Opal

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How popular is the baby name Opal in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 5 0
1881 14 14 0
1882 13 13 0
1883 16 16 0
1884 28 28 0
1885 31 31 0
1886 28 28 0
1887 40 40 0
1888 52 52 0
1889 67 67 0
1890 80 80 0
1891 78 78 0
1892 107 107 0
1893 123 123 0
1894 164 164 0
1895 158 158 0
1896 193 186 7
1897 235 230 5
1898 262 262 0
1899 278 278 0
1900 432 432 0
1901 413 406 7
1902 506 498 8
1903 548 542 6
1904 627 621 6 #100 girl name
1905 702 702 0 #99 girl name
1906 727 718 9 #95 girl name
1907 900 889 11 #86 girl name
1908 965 955 10 #84 girl name
1909 1,036 1,028 8 #82 girl name
1910 1,066 1,051 15 #87 girl name
1911 1,205 1,190 15 #81 girl name
1912 1,485 1,465 20 #85 girl name
1913 1,651 1,629 22 #86 girl name
1914 1,918 1,893 25 #89 girl name
1915 2,510 2,482 28 #90 girl name
1916 2,672 2,636 36 #91 girl name
1917 2,572 2,541 31 #95 girl name
1918 2,886 2,847 39 #94 girl name
1919 2,677 2,652 25 #98 girl name
1920 2,733 2,702 31
1921 2,743 2,713 30
1922 2,593 2,562 31
1923 2,391 2,364 27
1924 2,307 2,283 24
1925 2,131 2,108 23
1926 2,050 2,027 23
1927 1,760 1,739 21
1928 1,617 1,590 27
1929 1,470 1,452 18
1930 1,341 1,328 13
1931 1,103 1,086 17
1932 1,069 1,052 17
1933 937 932 5
1934 907 893 14
1935 787 777 10
1936 721 708 13
1937 628 618 10
1938 591 579 12
1939 565 557 8
1940 521 521 0
1941 434 434 0
1942 453 447 6
1943 436 436 0
1944 405 400 5
1945 337 337 0
1946 330 330 0
1947 356 356 0
1948 261 261 0
1949 271 271 0
1950 206 206 0
1951 216 216 0
1952 201 201 0
1953 193 193 0
1954 170 170 0
1955 185 185 0
1956 151 151 0
1957 156 156 0
1958 113 113 0
1959 118 118 0
1960 134 134 0
1961 101 101 0
1962 99 99 0
1963 97 97 0
1964 88 88 0
1965 87 87 0
1966 72 72 0
1967 74 74 0
1968 74 74 0
1969 71 71 0
1970 65 65 0
1971 80 80 0
1972 64 64 0
1973 63 63 0
1974 73 73 0
1975 65 65 0
1976 82 82 0
1977 64 64 0
1978 70 70 0
1979 78 78 0
1980 64 64 0
1981 63 63 0
1982 56 56 0
1983 52 52 0
1984 49 49 0
1985 49 49 0
1986 55 55 0
1987 53 53 0
1988 48 48 0
1989 37 37 0
1990 36 36 0
1991 31 31 0
1992 29 29 0
1993 34 34 0
1994 29 29 0
1995 20 20 0
1996 27 27 0
1997 35 35 0
1998 39 39 0
1999 24 24 0
2000 32 32 0
2001 36 36 0
2002 38 38 0
2003 39 39 0
2004 60 60 0
2005 42 42 0
2006 79 79 0
2007 69 69 0
2008 87 87 0
2009 77 77 0
2010 82 82 0
2011 93 93 0
2012 105 105 0
2013 125 125 0
2014 183 183 0
2015 229 229 0

Fun Facts about the name Opal

  • How many people with the first name Opal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 69,234 babies born with the first name Opal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Opal to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Opal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Opal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Opal is Wednesday, June 16th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Opal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Opal was in 1918 with a total of 2,847 babies. That's a lot of babies named Opal!
  • Random Opal Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Opal ranks 61st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 55 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1910.
  • Weird things about the name Opal: Your name in reverse order is Lapo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pola. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Opal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 419 people with the last name Opal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Opal? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Opal as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Opal as a first name

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Popularity of Opal as a last name

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Common last names for Opal

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Baker
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • King

Common first names for Opal

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Opal U.S.
  White 88.07% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.77% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Opal

People with the last name Opal are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Opal" mean? The list below shows the origins of Opal as well as things modernly associated with the name Opal such as celebrities named Opal.

Indian (Sanskrit)

Origin and Meaning of Opal

The name "Opal" is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin, and it means "Precious gem". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun O"pal
A mineral consisting, like quartz, of silica, but inferior to quartz in hardness and specific gravity.

Note: ☞ The precious opal presents a peculiar play of colors of delicate tints, and is highly esteemed as a gem. One kind, with a varied play of color in a reddish ground, is called the harlequin opal. The fire opal has colors like the red and yellow of flame. Common opal has a milky appearance. Menilite is a brown impure variety, occurring in concretions at Menilmontant, near Paris. Other varieties are cacholong girasol hyalite, and geyserite.

Etymology: L. opalus: cf. Gr. �, Skr. upala a rock, stone, precious stone: cf. F. opale

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A translucent mineral consisting of hydrated silica of variable color; some varieties are used as gemstones
  1. A female given name from the precious stone, invented in the nineteenth century.
  2. (Australia) A type of petrol made by British Petroleum designed to be unable to be used for petrol sniffing.[Developed 2005.]
  3. A hamlet in Alberta, Canada
  4. A census-designated place in Virginia
  5. A town in Wyoming

Opal was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons With the Name Opal

Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi is an activism, writer, and activist.

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Opal Whiteley

Opal Whiteley was a naturist, diarist, and diary. She was most prominent from 1916 to 1948. Opal was born on December 11th, 1897. Opal is also known as Françoise Marie de Bourbon-Orléans. She breathed her last breath on February 16th, 1992.

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Opal Koboi

Opal Koboi is a fictional character.

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Opal Cortlandt

Opal Cortlandt is a famed person.

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Jean Chapel

Jean Chapel was a country music musician. Jean was given the name Opal Jean Amburgey on March 6th, 1925 in Neon, Kentucky, United States. Jean is also known as Mattie O'Neil and The Female Elvis. She left this life on August 19th, 1995.

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Opal Palmer Adisa

Opal Palmer Adisa is a noteworthy person. Opal was born in 1954.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Opal

Anthony Opal

Anthony Opal is a famed human. Anthony was born in 1983.

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What does the name Opal mean?

Ois for original, one of a kind!

Pis for pastimes, for you have many.

Ais for able, for you surely are.

Lis for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

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