Daphne: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Daphne

Daphne

Pronunciation: DAF-nee (key)

Origin of the name Daphne:

Derived from the Greek daphne (a laurel or bay tree). The name is borne in Greek mythology by a nymph, the daughter of the river-god Peneus. She escaped from the attentions of Apollo by being transformed into a laurel tree.

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Related Names:

Dafne, Daphna

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Comments and insights on the name Daphne: | Edit

This name is absolutley beautiful and underused. This is my number one name for a baby girl.

Personal experiences with the name Daphne: | Edit

In my experience as a Daphne: Lots of people think of it as French (when actually it's Greek) or comment that the name is pretty and old-fashioned. Also, up until the late 1990s I often had to repeat or spell the name, or clarify that I was not "Stephanie" or even "Cathy." But now more people recognize it. I credit Frasier and the Scooby Doo movie.

My great-grandmother was called Daphne. I always thought the name was comically old-fashioned.

My great aunt was named Daphne, she was my mother's favorite aunt and they were very close. She always went with Dap, which I've always thought is cute nickname for Daphne that I've never heard any other Daphnes use. Not Daph but Dap, even though she was my great aunt, I always thought her nickname sounded young and sporty. If I ever ues the name in honor of my Aunt Dap, I can definitely see using her nickname too, especially if my daughter is a spunky girl just like she was. :)

In my experience as someone who spells it "Daphney", people are still very unfamiliar with the name. Most people who recognize it are in the generation that loved to watch Frasier (I was born in the late 80's, so I find that my generation isn't quite as familiar with the show). I tend to get a lot from people who have never heard the name before and I get mistaken for "Jackie" or "Cathy" a lot. I personally love it (thanks mom!)

I know a Daphne. It's actually her middle name, her real first name is Zamantha. Yes, with a Z. But everyone just calls her Daphne. I think both names are unique and pretty.

Nicknames for Daphne: | Edit

Daph
Daphy
Fifi
Dee
Dap
Daffodil

Meanings and history of the name Daphne: | Edit

Incredible smelling spring flower (a kind of laurel)
Daphne was a nymph who, when pursued by the amorous Apollo, turned into a laurel tree to escape him. Variations on the story are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne

Famous real-life people named Daphne: | Edit

Daphne Zuniga, American actress
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Panamanian entertainer
Daphne Groeneveld, Dutch model
Daphne Bloomer, American actress
Daphne DuMaurier, English author

Daphne in song, story & screen: | Edit

Daphne Paloma Vasquez played by Katie Leclerc on ABC Family's series "Switched at Birth"
Daphne Blake from the animated series "Scooby Doo"
Daphne Powell played by Kay Panabaker on the series "No Ordinary Family"
Daphne Moon played by Jane Leeves on the series "Frasier"
Daphne Chedderling, mother of Clarabelle Suzekie, in the internet comic blog The Greasers of Hazzick Flats. http://www.thegreasersofhazzickflats.blogspot.com
Daphne named doll, Groovy Girls

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