Daphne

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Gender: F Meaning of Daphne: "laurel tree, bay tree" Origin of Daphne: Greek Daphne's Popularity in 2014: #356

Daphne's origins may be Greek, but it's seen by Americans as quintessentially British--as in the Daphne Moon character on Frasier. In the past five years, it jumped from Number 538 to 397, the highest it has ever been in this country. Though we don't see it becoming a Top 100 name, Daphne is obviously finding more widespread acceptance -- and for a distinctive, deeply-rooted, attractive girls' name, that's a positive thing.

In Greek mythology, Daphne was a nymph who was saved from an over-amorous Apollo by her father, a river god, transforming her into a laurel tree. Her name was taken from that of the shrub, and became part of the British vogue for plant names at the end of the nineteenth century.

Its most famous bearer is Daphne du Maurier, author of such suspense novels as Rebecca. Fictional Daphnes have appeared in Some Like It Hot (Jack Lemmon as a woman), The Jewel in the Crown, Scooby-Doo, Harry Potter, Heroes, and Frasier.

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Famous People Named Daphne

Daphne Eurydice Zuniga, American actress
Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning, English novelist and playwright
Daphne Jessie Akhurst, Australian tennis player
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Panamanian dancer, singer, and actress
Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness, British-Irish artist, model, and heiress
Daphne Groeneveld, Dutch model
Daphne Bloomer, American actress
Daphne Fowler, English TV quiz show champion
Daphné, French singer
Daphne Winifred Louise Fielding, English author and socialite
Daphne Miriam Merkin, American novelist and critic
Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth, English diplomat and spy
Daphne Ivory Wayans, daughter of actor Keenen Ivory Wayans

Pop Culture References for the Name Daphne

Daphne Grimm, character in Michael Buckley's "The Sisters Grimm" series
Daphne Paloma Vasquez, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Daphne Blake, character on animated series "Scooby Doo"
Daphne Powell character on TV's "No Ordinary Family"
Daphne Moon, character on TV's "Frasier"
Daphne Greengrass, character in the Harry Potter series
Daphne Reynolds, character in movie "What a Girl Wants"
Daphne Hatzilakos, teacher on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Daphne Glover, main character on TV's "Underemployed"
Daphne Harridge Collins, character on TV's "Dark Shadows"
Daphne de Luce, character in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series
Crown Princess Daphne, character on animated series "Winx Club"
Daphne Rose Clarke, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Daphne Broon, character in Scottish comic strip "The Broons"
Daphne Millbrook, character on TV's "Heroes"
Daphne Millicent Turner, character in the Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton
Princess Daphne, character in video game "Dragon's Lair"
"Daphne Descends," song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Daphne Chanders, American "Queer as Folk" series character
Daphne Conrad, character from TV's "Nashville"

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