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Origin & Meaning

The name Daphne is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Daphne is "laurel".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 356  in baby name popularity for girls with 913 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Daphne Name 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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Related Names

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

Other Tidbits

Daphne falls into the name categories flower, Greek myth.

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