Gender: Female Meaning of Daphne: "laurel tree, bay tree" Origin of Daphne: Greek Daphne's Popularity in 2019: #432

Daphne Origin and Meaning

The name Daphne is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "laurel tree, bay tree".

In Greek mythology, Daphne was the nymph daughter of Peneus, a river god. Peneus saved Daphne from Apollo’s romantic obsessions by transforming her into a laurel tree. It is from this myth that the plant genus daphne, which contains the laurel species, gets its name.

Daphne's origins may be Greek, but it's seen by Americans as quintessentially British—as in the Daphne Moon character on Frasier. 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. Though we don't see it becoming a Top 100 name in the US, Daphne is obviously finding more widespread acceptance—and for a distinctive, deeply-rooted, attractive girls' name, that's a positive thing.

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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Rank in US: #432

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Pop Culture References for the name Daphne

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cj85 Says:


why does every name NEED a nickname? people here are obsessed with names having nicknames.

bordercollie Says:


I'm starting to be won over by Daphne, along with quite a few similarly offbeat, quirky-vintage names that I used to dislike (Lucy, Phoebe, Margot, etc). Couldn't tell you why, but it's true!

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I love the name Daphne. One of the Top on my list of girls names. Its beautiful, high class & regal. I have a niece named Daphne Iris Quinn.

river_dweller Says:


I love this name, it's so vintage but still really spunky. I could see Dany used as a nn...Especially if you're a Game of Thrones fan!

EvaThyssen Says:


Daphne is pretty and classy. Good choice!

Richardkr Says:


Named our first born Daphne two months ago. The reaction to the name has been tremendous! There's been a few times when friends have met her and all they want to do is talk about the name and how we decided on it. We've basically set up our daughter for life with a name that 1) people love and 2) stands out, but in a good way. Hopefully people keep naming their children "Adam's Son" (Addison) so Daphne will stand out even more as having good taste.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I really dislike this name. It's very dated to me.

Isabelle Daphne Says:


My name is Daphne Isabelle..hahaha But i just using my sec. name for my emails.hahaha😄😄

bordercollie Says:


It sounds fluffy, ditsy, and juvenile to me, not to mention that it strongly resembles words like daft and daffy. I don't think I'll ever be able to like sickly sweet Daphne.

richardkr34 Says:


Number 2 on our potential girl's name list

aleerakate Says:


My niece is Maisie Anne Daphne which works pretty well. You could definitely add another middle name in if you can't quite make it work with another name you love.

aleerakate Says:


I love this name, it's my niece's middle name and I fought like crazy to have it as her first name. Unfortunately she would have been Daphne Anne B(rest of surname) and when my sister found ouy that the Scooby Doo character is Daphne Anne Blake (and there was a good chance my niece would end up with red hair) I instantly lost - they went with Maisie Anne Daphne instead.
Still, I love Daphne and would consider it for a little girl :)

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I think Daphne is quite cute, yet proper at the same time. He nickname daphy is adorable too

paulapuddephatt Says:


I also love the Daphne du Maurier association. It's beautiful.

Lee Says:


I'm named Daphne, and besides being called "Daffy Duck" by the neighborhood kids when I was four (it rarely happened after age 4-6) and I've never had a problem with not having an easy nickname. Honestly, I really love my name - Daphne Leigh - and I get SO many compliments on it since I was a teenager through my early adulthood. I also am very thankful it's spelled the traditional way. And until a couple months ago, I had never met another Daphne, whigh I also enjoyed.

indiefendi2 Says:


I really want to like this name but there are several reasons why I don't.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I love this name because of the character Daphne Moon. I just think everyone likes a Daphne when they see them.

Ceeeceee Says:


I love this.

hannahloulou Says:


We call our daughter Daphne 'Dilly' as a nickname short for daffodowndilly which is her long nickname.

headintheclouds Says:


I find the spelling of Daphne and the way the name looks written down to be very appealing and intriguing, but I'm not as sold on the sound of it-- something about it sounds jarring to me. I do see the appeal of Daphne- it's substantial enough to be elegant and sophisticated, while also having an airiness to it that makes it slightly fairy-like and princessy. This is just one of those names I objectively wish I liked but just don't.

ZPK Says:


I love the name Daphne! So spunky.

kxlly0614 Says:


I've been reading a lot about greek/roman mythology lately, and the name Daphne has been growing onto me. It's so unique and beautiful.

kathalowe Says:


For me, Daphne sounds sickly sweet, but I can understand why people like it. I wouldn't use it, but everyone has their own style of names that they like.

Daphne Stewart-Palacios Says:


Lol my names Daphne and I don't like it only because everyone refers to me as scooby doo or asks where fred is and it gets pretty annoying otherwise I think its a really pretty name but its hilarious when guys come up with pickup lines with scooby doo

eveyalecia Says:


Dee, Deedee, Daffy, Daph, Nina, Feeny, Fifi, or honestly anything you want can be a nickname.

kimberlym Says:


I love the name Daphne, the only thing holding me back from using it is the lack of nick names.

auroraelizabeth24 Says:


We named our daughter Daphne Noel, and I love her name. It was a name I planned on using before I even thought about having children. We call her Daphy-Do for fun (she's four), but usually we just call her by her name because we love it so much. Plus it's so uncommon that I've never met anyone else with this name.

Defne Says:


hi my name is defne.In English, defne means daphne,laurel or laura.Which i choose as English nickname??????

Dafeney Says:


I love my name although it is spelled DAFENEY. My friends think that its cool. they always say that it remind them of Scooby Doo.

Dafeney Says:


that's cool. my name is Dafeney. But my mom and dad spelled it differently.

oliviamcdonald Says:


This is a really nice name, I don't think I'd use it myself but I'd adore it on someone else. Very pretty and I imagine it on someone with a very sweet personality. I don't mind Daffy as a nn either

Polaroctopus Says:


My daughter is Daphne Carolina, and we nn her DeeDee, but love her name so much we usually just call her Daphne!

April Says:


Thanks. That's a beautiful name.

wolv Says:


Cora Daphne ?

April Says:


I'm trying to come up with a first name for Daphne. I wanted to use Daphne as a middle name but cannot come up with any first names that go with Daphne. I was thinking Penelope Daphne but then I think of "Penny" on Big Bang Theory.

larkspur83 Says:


I love Daphne! It has a beautiful melodic quality to it and reminds me of the wonderful writer Daphne du Maurier. To me it sounds sleek and sophisticated.

gmdx Says:


I think Daphne and Penelope would make such a cute subset. Of course, they both end with the -ee sound.... I think it could work.

CaitlinBrittin Says:


If I could rename myself I would totally choose Daphne! I have a unapologetic love for this name.

cheyenne_melody123 Says:


I don't really love this name, but I think it is classy.

kendallrhea1 Says:


Aww don't worry I love the name Daphne!

LcLauver Says:


Daphne has an ethereal sound to me....I try to take the name for what it is, for how it sounds. I try not to associate names (especially if they only are reminiscent of a kids cartoon). It is a sweet name. If I were to meet a young girl named Daphne now, I'd be pleasantly surprised!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Hey Daphne try not to worry about everyone who doesn't like your name. If you like it, that's what really matters.

jasminegarden Says:


I LOVE this name, I don't understand why so many people hate it? Yes, I think of Scooby Doo straight away, I've always loved the show, but I don't think that's enough of a reason to hate it - I mean, she wasn't a dislikeable character. Another plus is Greek names for both genders are so attractive & beautifully spelt. I would definitely use this name for my little girl, even without the Scooby Doo character being my inspiration.

Guest Says:


This name does sound WASP and I do think of Daphne from Scooby Doo but I somewhat like this name mostly because of Daphne Groeneveld. My caveat is that it reminds me of Daffy Duck or daftness.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Ugh I couldn't stand Scooby-Doo as a kid (still can't). I associate Daphne with either the character in Switched at Birth or my mom's friends' little girl.

vintageluvs Says:


I didn't really grow up with Scooby Doo. The first person I knew named Daphne was the daughter of my sister's violin instructor, so the name has always seemed melodic to me. I love the name but it doesn't fit the rest of my style of clunky vintage names. Cute and wearable name but I hate the lack of nickname potential. Not a huge fan of Daffy.

Hydra Says:


Pretty, but it's one of those names, that for some reason, I just can't like......maybe because I grew up watching Scooby-Doo?

Giinkies Says:


I actually like this name. It has a certain charm to it.

sashapizzarova Says:


This name has the upper-crust quality but it reminds me of Daffy Duck :(

Daphne Kunukcu Says:


That's rude!

Candler Says:


I've never liked this name...all of the syllables are so harsh-sounding.