Meaning and name origin
Daphne \d(a)-ph-ne\ as a girl's name is pronounced DAFF-nee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Daphne is "laurel tree". Mythology: virtuous Daphne was a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to protect her from Apollo. The name was used under the Roman Empire, but disappeared until the 18th century. It came to America as a slave name. Dafne is a Swedish form. Author Daphne Du Maurier.
For more information, see also the related girl name Daveney.
Daphne is a very popular first name for females (#618 out of 4276, Top 14%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Daphne for girls. Daphne reached its highest rank of #356 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Daphne and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Daphne (#356) and Dafne. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Davine. This name tends to be less commonly used than Daphne.