Meaning of Daphne
and the Origins of this baby name
The name Daphne has the following meaning:
Refers to the laurel tree. It originates from Greek mythology where a nymph by that name, transformed herslef into a laurel tree in an attempt to escape from the besotted god Apollo. The name was used during the era of the Roman empire but vanished for a period of time before resurfacing in the 18th century as a slave name in the U.S. Its status was elevated briefly in the English speaking workd in the 20th century. This is a name that exudes a soft beauty and remains very likeable.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.
As a baby girl name, Daphne is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 573 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).
In 2009, the name Daphne rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 61 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 476 in the Top 1000 charts.
The following chart shows the popularity of the name Daphne in the USA, over the past 100 years.
The name Daphne is pronounced as deaf-nee
The following names are baby names related to Daphne and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Daphne: Boys - Ambrose
, Girls - Agatha
, Both genders - Barbara
Popular Variants for the name Daphne: Daf
Common nicknames for the name Daphne are: Daffie, Daf
We think the name Daphne should fall under the following style category: Everlasting
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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Daphne to be: A woman who exudes intelligence and beauty
In one word, you might describe Daphne as a(n) "intelligent
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