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What does Daphne mean?

Daphne Pronunciation of Daphne [daphne] 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.

Associated with: greek, mythology, nymph (goddess), roman, 18th century.


Daphne has 13 variants: Daffi, Daffie, Daffy, Dafna, Dafne, Dafnee, Dafneigh, Dafnie, Danfy, Daph, Daphna, Daphney and Daphnie.

Affiliated girl name: Daveney.

Creative forms:
(female) Daphan, ..

(male) Daphin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Daphne Liana (D.L.), ..

How popular is Daphne?

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. Demographics)

Daphne reached its peak position of #356 in the U.S. in the year 2014, and is presently at #378. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Daphne name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Dafne is the only other popular varying form of Daphne (#378 the previous year) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Daphne was common among parents less than a decade ago (median #908) and is almost as widespread today (#1189, down 15%). Daphne is the most trendy birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Daphne, Dafne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arachne, Carine, Dabney, Dabnie, Dabny (see Dabney), Dacee, Dagne, Dagny, Dahl, Dahna, Dahnya, Daicee (see Dacey), Dale, Dalene, Daline, Dalise, Dana, Dane, Dani, Danice, Danie, Danise, Danne, Danney, Darice, Darina, Darlene, Darlyne, Darsie, Dasha, Dashay, Dasie, Daviane, Davina, Davine, Davonne, Davynn, Dawn, Dawna, Dawne, Dayha, Dayna, Dayne, Deane, Delane, Delene, Delphine, Deonne, Dione, Divine, Dorene, Dorine, Dwayne, Dyanne, Dymphna, Faune, Fawne, Jaine, Jaline, Jane, Janine, Janne, Jaxine, Kalene, Lane, Marine, Maxene, Mazine, Nadene, Nadine, Nadyne, Narine, Paine, Rayne and Sarine. These names tend to be less commonly used than Daphne.

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