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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.

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

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

A suggested similar baby name is Davine.


Daphne is a very popular first name for females (#618 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

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