Meaning and Name Origin
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.
For more on this name, 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)
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. Daphne (#356) is the most trendy birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Davine. This name tends to be less commonly used than Daphne.