Daphne Name Meaning & Origin
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.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Daph, Dap, Daphy, Dappy, Dee, Affy, Ninny, Dapha, Aph, Aphni, Dafi
- Meanings and history of the name Daphne
The name Daphne means "spring flower", specifically a laurel. It derives from Greek mythology, where Daphne was a nymph who, when pursued by the amorous god Apollo, turned into a laurel tree to escape from him.
- Famous real-life people named Daphne
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Daphne DuMaurier, English author
Daphne Oz, talk show host and author
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Daphne Moon played by Jane Leeves on the series "Frasier"
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Daphne named doll, Groovy Girls