Delphine Name Meaning & Origin

Delphine

Pronunciation: dehl-FEEN (key)

Origin of the name Delphine:

From the Latin Delphīna (woman from Delphi).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Delfina, Delphina, Delphinia

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Nicknames for Delphine

Delle, Della, Delphie, Phine, Phina, Elle, Ella, Elphie, Phinie, Delph, Delza

Meanings and history of the name Delphine

Delphine is the French form of Delphina and the feminine form of the Roman name Delphinus. Delphinus means "of Delphi" in Latin. Delphi is a Greek city, which in ancient times was the site of the famous Delphic oracle. The name of this ancient Greek city possibly relates to the Greek word δελφις, "dolphin".

The Greek word for dolphin (delphis) is also the inspirational name of the flowering plant, commonly known as Larkspur, scientifically known as Delphinium, so-named because of the flower heads shaped like a dolphins. So the name Delphine actually comes from the flower, Delphinium, which is named after our dolphin friends of the sea.

Famous real-life people named Delphine

Delphine Neid - American bassist
Delphine Boël - Belgian artist
Delphine LaLaurie - American socialite
Delphine Seyrig - French actress

Delphine in song, story & screen

Delphine by Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein
Delphine Cormier, character on BBC America's Orphan Black

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