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Gender: Female Meaning of Daphne: "laurel tree, bay tree" Origin of Daphne: Greek Daphne's Popularity in 2017: #385

The name Daphne is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "laurel tree, bay tree". Daphne is ranked #385 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That?------------girls!".

From the experts:

Daphne's origins may be Greek, but it's seen by Americans as quintessentially British—as in the Daphne Moon character on Frasier. hough 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 Miriam Merkin, American novelist and critic
Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning, English novelist and playwright
Daphne Jessie Akhurst, Australian tennis player
Daphne Bloomer, American actress
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Panamanian-American dancer, singer, and actress
Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness, British-Irish artist, model, and heiress
Daphne Groeneveld, Dutch model
Daphne Fowler, English TV quiz show champion
Daphné, French singer
Daphne Winifred Louise Fielding, English author and socialite
Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth, English diplomat and spy
Daphne Ivory Wayans, daughter of actor Keenen Ivory Wayans
Daphne van den Hoogenband (b. 2007), daughter of swimmers Pieter van den Hoogenband and Minouche Smit
Daphne Marie Corboz, American soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Daphne

Daphne Blake, character on animated series "Scooby Doo"
Daphne Leander, character in "The Internment Chronicles" by Lauren DeStefano
Daphne Grimm, character in Michael Buckley's "The Sisters Grimm" series
Daphne Paloma Vasquez, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Daphne Allen, minor character on Supernatural
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"
Daphne Lacey, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton, who has a twin sister called Dora
Daphne Yewbeam, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Daphne Diaz, character on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"
Daphne, the only named tunnel toad in "Toad Patrol"
Daphne de Vallerand, character in Echoes by Danielle Steel
Daphne Kluger, Anne Hathaway's character in "Ocean's Eight"

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