Gender: Male Meaning of Daphnis: "laurel" Origin of Daphnis: Greek

Daphnis Origin and Meaning

The name Daphnis is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "laurel".

Mythological shepherd in love with Chloe, whose name, though the s is pronounced, is related to the feminine name Daphne - making it a lovely choice for honoring a relative of that name.

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paulapuddephatt Says:


I agree.

clairels Says:


Exactly. And nobody is saying "don't use this name," obviously anyone can use whatever name they want. It it's just common sense to consider ever possible problem that could crop up with a name, when you're bestowing it on someone who has to live with it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Yes, that's true. I see where you're coming from with that.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I see what you're saying, and I do agree that it might cause a bit of confusion. But the fact remains that a male name shouldn't be rejected or considered a poor choice based on its similarities to its female counterpart, in my opinion at least, which was the point I was originally trying to get across.

paulapuddephatt Says:


There has been a lot of debate on this name. I've never seen it before, but can see the point made in the description. Since Daphne is much better-known, and is very feminine, a relatively obscure, very similar male name, might cause confusion. I don't see the George and Georgina comparison, since both names are well-known.

Zelliew Says:


Actually, I don't like the name Daphne either. I find it a bit too flowery & feminine.

Daphodil Says:


My opinion: I find Daphnis an unflattering name and therefore I would never use it. It has absolutely nothing to do with the popularity of Daphne (it isn't even used in my country). Why do I write this? You seem to like putting words in other people's mouth and yell *SEXIST!*. I wasn't going to comment on this, but I'm sick of seeing you bashing other users like that. Your opinion is welcome, but please be respectful.

Zelliew Says:


Please read my original statement - I didn't say "Daphne is so popular" or that it resembles Daphne.

clairels Says:


The thing is, you're putting words in Zelliew's mouth. She didn't say a boy wouldn't like this name because it was feminine, she just said he wouldn't like it, period. You're seeing sexism around every corner and it's making you unpleasant.

Zelliew Says:


Daffy is listed for both a boy & a girl. What do you prefer ?

Zelliew Says:


DAPHNIS - If you want to call your son Daphnis go right ahead but he'll probably grow up & say he'd have preferred Dennis

Zelliew Says:


Daphnis doesn't sound very masculine to me - It's too close to Daphne

clairels Says:


I would say just don't use this name because your son will probably hate it, and it has nothing to do with sounding feminine. I knew a girl named Daphyn in school and she hated it and went by Michelle. For a boy it would probably be worse.

indiefendi2 Says:


To be honest if this didn't remind me of dolphins I would probably like it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


These folks don't seem to like any boy name that isn't the regular old Fred, Alfie, Liam, John, etc. Daphnis is perfectly fine. And your first sentence is my thoughts exactly.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Of course it resembles Daphne - it's the male version! And saying that people can't or shouldn't use it because Daphne is so popular is silly. That's like saying; 'Don't use Georgina because it's too close to the older and more popular George!'. Daphnis is a very elegant name; on par with the likes of Ignatius or Florian and not nearly as well known or as popular. So I think it'd be a perfect choice for people looking for an unusual but familar name for their sons.