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Meaning of Daphne

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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.
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The name Daphne is pronounced as deaf-nee


Daphne originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Daphne and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Daphne: Boys - Ambrose, Basil, Cyril, Girls - Agatha, Charis, Charissa, Cleta, Eulalia, Exie, Lexus, Mallie, Melanie, Melina, Melody, Narella, Niobe, Salina, Both genders - Barbara, Lois, Margaret


Popular Variants for the name Daphne: Daf (Nickname), Daffie (Nickname), Daffy (Nickname), Dafne (Italian), Dafnee, Dafneigh, Dafny, Daphnee, Daphney, Daphni, Daphnie, Daphny


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" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Daphne (or its variants) are:

Daphne du Maurier, born on 13 May, a famous writer. Daphne du Maurier's background: British novelist. Though she was born in London, she lived in Cornwall most of her life. As a result, most of her novels were set there, such as the memorable 'Rebecca' in 1938, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.
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