Originally Posted by poohbear_nc
"There are two explanations of the name's origin. One is that Opie Taylor was named by Andy Griffith after bandleader and radio actor Opie Cates. The other is that he was named for Opie Shelton (1915–1999), a childhood friend of Griffith, who went on to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce."
That begs the question, "Why were Messrs. Cate and Shelton named Opie?" I still say it's not a name.
Thank you. I suspect the real answer is that Southerners are different.