Daphne

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Daphne

"Daphne" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Laurel Tree". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Daph"ne
Senses
  1. [Bot] A genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms.
  2. [Myth] A nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree.

Etymology: L., a laurel tree, from Gr. da`fnh

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo
  2. Any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek δάφνη (dáphnē, “laurel”, “bay”).

  1. (Greek mythology) A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 41 Daphne, a main belt asteroid.
  3. A female given name.

Daphne was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Daphne

Daphne du Maurier was a writer. She has been prominent since 1931. Daphne was born on May 13th, 1907. She died on April 19th, 1989.

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Daphne Zuniga is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1982. Daphne was given the name Daphne Eurydice Zuniga on October 28th, 1962 in , U.S.

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Daphne Blake is a fictional character.

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Daphne Oz is an author, journalist, and tv personality. Daphne was given the name Daphne Nur Oz by her parents Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz on February 17th, 1986 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Daphne Maxwell Reid is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1979. Daphne was given the name Daphne Etta Maxwell on July 13th, 1948 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Daphne was given the name Daphne Diana Joan Susanna Guinness on November 9th, 1967 in Hampstead, London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Daphne

Barak was born in 1965.

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How popular is the baby name Daphne in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1886 6 6 0
1887 6 6 0
1888 5 5 0
1889 9 9 0
1890 15 15 0
1891 8 8 0
1892 12 12 0
1893 10 10 0
1894 15 15 0
1895 12 12 0
1896 15 15 0
1897 18 18 0
1898 14 14 0
1899 12 12 0
1900 17 17 0
1901 13 13 0
1902 16 16 0
1903 14 14 0
1904 12 12 0
1905 10 10 0
1906 21 21 0
1907 14 14 0
1908 20 20 0
1909 25 25 0
1910 17 17 0
1911 18 18 0
1912 28 28 0
1913 28 28 0
1914 37 37 0
1915 65 65 0
1916 64 64 0
1917 68 68 0
1918 91 91 0
1919 82 82 0
1920 104 104 0
1921 104 104 0
1922 106 106 0
1923 107 107 0
1924 114 114 0
1925 120 120 0
1926 105 105 0
1927 99 99 0
1928 107 107 0
1929 91 91 0
1930 97 97 0
1931 76 76 0
1932 85 85 0
1933 85 85 0
1934 71 71 0
1935 71 71 0
1936 79 79 0
1937 94 94 0
1938 50 50 0
1939 56 56 0
1940 98 98 0
1941 111 111 0
1942 106 106 0
1943 103 103 0
1944 113 113 0
1945 104 104 0
1946 136 136 0
1947 179 179 0
1948 166 166 0
1949 205 205 0
1950 252 252 0
1951 220 220 0
1952 264 264 0
1953 259 259 0
1954 258 258 0
1955 249 249 0
1956 262 262 0
1957 313 313 0
1958 391 391 0
1959 319 319 0
1960 295 295 0
1961 670 670 0
1962 1,139 1,132 7
1963 926 926 0
1964 765 765 0
1965 640 640 0
1966 615 615 0
1967 604 604 0
1968 640 640 0
1969 640 640 0
1970 684 684 0
1971 778 778 0
1972 555 555 0
1973 536 536 0
1974 504 504 0
1975 383 383 0
1976 440 440 0
1977 347 347 0
1978 300 300 0
1979 301 301 0
1980 285 285 0
1981 273 273 0
1982 295 295 0
1983 305 305 0
1984 281 281 0
1985 276 276 0
1986 245 245 0
1987 238 238 0
1988 277 277 0
1989 222 222 0
1990 268 268 0
1991 223 223 0
1992 220 220 0
1993 210 210 0
1994 280 280 0
1995 225 225 0
1996 241 241 0
1997 244 244 0
1998 284 284 0
1999 323 323 0
2000 396 396 0
2001 597 597 0
2002 465 465 0
2003 460 460 0
2004 477 477 0
2005 519 519 0
2006 478 478 0
2007 512 512 0
2008 571 571 0
2009 649 649 0
2010 618 618 0
2011 673 673 0
2012 743 743 0
2013 774 774 0
2014 917 917 0
2015 864 864 0
2016 809 809 0

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Popularity of Daphne as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Daphne

  • How Popular is the name Daphne? Daphne is the 1,260th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Daphne have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,245 babies born with the first name Daphne in the United States. That's more than enough people named Daphne to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Daphne? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Daphne first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Daphne is Thursday, April 15th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Daphne born? The highest recorded use of the first name Daphne was in 1962 with a total of 1,132 babies. That's a lot of babies named Daphne!
  • Random Daphne Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Daphne is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 11 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Daphne: Your name in reverse order is Enhpad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Naphde. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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