Dafni or Daphne

Dafni or Daphne is a female Greek name whose origins are found in the ancient Greek mythology.

Dafni means “laurel” in Greek and it has been used since the antiquity. It became a popular name in the English speaking world as well, during the middle ages and on.

The spelling “dafni” looks a lot like the Greek way of writing the name, this is why we choose this over the more common romanized “Daphne“.

Sound of name Dafni: Dá- fnee

Male version of name Dafni: Dafnis (very rare)

Nameday of Dafni: Movable nameday, it is always a week before Easter Sunday, on the Palm Sunday.

Origin of name Dafni

Dafni is an ancient Greek name, but in the Greek Orthodox calendar it is celebrated on the Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday.

The feast commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, an event described in all four Canonical Gospels. According to the religious tradition, Jesus was received by the locals with enthusiasm; they had cut branches of palms and laurels and they laid them down so that Jesus can walk over them.

Due to this reference in the Gospels, the nameday of Dafni or Daphne is celebrated on Palm Sunday.

Nicknames deriving from name Dafni

Dafni doesn’t have any nicknames or diminutives.

The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of name Dafni

Dafni is a very energetic and active woman; she can be very passionate about the things she likes and she a little jealous of other people when they are successful. Dafni always looks younger than she is.

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