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Gender: F Meaning of Delphine: "dolphin" Origin of Delphine: French from Greek

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Delphine is a sleek, chic French name with two nature associations -- the dolphin and the delphinium, a bluebell-like flower, a well as to the ancient city of Delphi, which the Greeks believ ed to be the womb of the earth. It is definitely a fresher choice than over-the-hill Danielle.

Balzac used the name in two of his novels, and Madame de Stael wrote the 1802 epistolary Delphine, which helped bring the name into fashion in France. Delphine Seyrig was a renowned French movie actress.

The attractive Spanish version is Delfina.

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Famous People Named Delphine

Delphine Seyrig, French actress
Delphine de Vigan, French novelist
Delphine Neid, American musician, bassist in The Nuns
Cecilia Delphine Walton, b. 2012, daughter of actors Majandra Delfino and David Walton
Delphine LaLaurie, notorious New Orleans murderess

Pop Culture References for the Name Delphine

Dr. Delphine Cormier, girlfriend and monitor of Cosima Niehaus in sci-fi thriller 'Orphan Black,' portrayed by Evelyne Brochu.
Delphine d'Abbacmar, title character in 'Delphine' (1802) by Madame de Staall
Delphine de Nucingen, character in 'Le Pare Goriot' (1835) by Honorac de Balzac; one of Goriot's daughters, both of whom abandon him
Delphine Caraze, quadroon central character in George Washington Cable's 1881 novella 'Madame Delphine' (in which Delphine pretends that she is not the mother of Olive, her daughter by her dead white husband, in order to secure Olive's happiness)
Delphinium, one of the 12 sisters in Heather Dixon's book 'Entwined'
Delphine LaLaurie, character on American Horror Story: Coven portrayed by Kathy Bates

Adephine, Dauphin, Delfa, Delfine, Delpha, Delphene, Delphi, Delphia, Delphina, Delphinea, Delphinia, Delphy, Delphyne, Delpina

Delphine's International Variations

Delfina (Spanish)