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Daphne Meaning


What does Daphne mean?

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.

The Given Name Daphne

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.

Daphne falls into the name categories flower, Greek myth.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Daphne Deckers.

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Daphne Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 383 in baby name popularity for girls with 806 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

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

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

Famous Daphnes

  • Daphne ~ Greek Myth - A nymph who was pursued by Apollo and changed to laurel tree.
  • Daphne Deckers ~ Writer

Daphne Numerology

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Daphne Name Fun

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