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Daphne Meaning

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What does Daphne mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Daphne is of Greek origin.

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.

In the U.S. in 2013, it ranked 397  in popular baby names for girls with 770 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Daphne Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Daphne has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Daphne to other names.

 
   
In Greek mythology, Daphne is the daughter of Peneus, the river god. She is a Naiad, or nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs and streams.

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.

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Variants of the name Daphne include Daffeney, Daffney, Dafina, Dafne, Dafney, Dafny, Daphaine, Daphane, Daphanie, Daphene, Daphna, Daphnee, Daphney, Daphyne.

Daphne falls into the name categories flower, Greek myth.

   
Would you like to fingerspell the name Daphne in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Daphne in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Daphne in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Daphne Numerology page.

Daphne Numerology
Daphne in Hieroglyhics
Daphne in Nautical Flags
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