What does Daphne mean?
The meaning of Daphne is "laurel".
Daphne is generally used as a girl's name.
It consists of 6 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Daf-nee.
The Given Name Daphne
According to the myth, Daphne is romantically pursued by Apollo, in whom she has no interest. Fearful that he will eventually catch her, Daphne calls to her father for help.
As a water god, Peneus possesses the ability of transformation, and transforms his daughter into a laurel tree so that she may escape Apollo's pursuit.
Her legs take root and her arms turn into branches.
Still infatuated with Daphne, Apollo adorns himself with laurel leaves and claims it as his special tree. It is for this reason that the laurel, is a symbol of the god Apollo.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Daphne Deckers.
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In contrast, the year before it ranked 385 in baby name popularity for girls with 812 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.
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Daphne Related Names
- Daphne ~ Greek Myth - A nymph who was pursued by Apollo and changed to laurel tree.
- Daphne Deckers ~ Writer
Daphne Name Fun
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