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What does Daphne mean?

Daphne \d(a)-ph-ne\ as a girls' 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. Author Daphne Du Maurier.


Daphne has 12 variants: Daffi, Daffie, Daffy, Dafna, Dafne, Dafnee, Dafneigh, Dafnie, Danfy, Daphna, Daphney and Daphnie.

For more information, see also the related girl name Daveney.


Daphne is a very prominent first name for females (#618 out of 4276, Top 14%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Daphne for girls. Daphne was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #356 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Daphne name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daphne outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Daphne and corresponding names. Dafne is the only other popular varying form of Daphne (#356 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names is at its highest today (usage of 0.322%). Daphne (#356) is the most trendy birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dafne, Daphne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daphne and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Davine. This name tends to be less commonly used than Daphne.