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Delphine is a name that's more popular in France than in the United States. Here, it might be considered more of a “grandma name” since it hasn't been on the list of the top 1,000 baby names in decades. But somehow, it doesn't feel outdated. It has an important Greek background, as well as literary accolades, and it offers plenty of interesting symbolism.

Meaning of the name Delphine:

French: Dolphin
Greek: Woman from Delphi, dolphin

Origin of the name Delphine:

The baby name Delphine has Greek and French origins. In Greek, it means “woman from the town of Delphi.” Delphi was an ancient Greek town that the Greeks believed was the center of the world and the womb of the Earth. The name is also associated with dolphins, which are an important part of Greek mythology. The word “delphys,” which is the Gree word for “womb” inspired the world “dolphin.” Delphine became an important French name in the 1800s after it was inspired by a book entitled “Delphine.”

Symbolism of the name Delphine:

The baby name Delphine offers plenty of potential symbolism to new parents and their infants. Because it is associated with the name of the Ancient Greek city Delphi, you may see your little one as the center of your own world. Because of the name's association with dolphins, you may find that your new daughter is a symbol of good luck. After all, the Greeks believed that dolphins brought them luck. Sailors believe dolphins are a sign of protection.

baby name Delphine

Style of the name Delphine:

Classic

Gender of the name Delphine:

Delphine is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Delphine:

dehl-FEEN

Number of syllables in the name Delphine:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Delphine:

The baby name Delphine evokes images of a woman who is powerful yet nurturing.

Alternative spellings for the name Delphine:

  • Delfine
  • Delfyne

Nicknames for the name Delphine:

  • Della
  • Del
  • Elphie
  • Elle 

Popularity of the name Delphine:

Up until 1962, Delphine was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States. According to the Social Security Administration, it last ranked at number 906 in 1962. It was most popular during the 1920s and 1930s.

Related names for the name Delphine:

  • Delfina
  • Delpha
  • Delta
  • Daphne
  • Dahlia 

Great middle names for Delphine and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Delphine:

Delphines in popular culture:

  • Delphine (character from the “Power Rangers” franchise)
  • Delphine Cormier (character from the TV show “Orphan Black”)
  • Delphine Lasalle (character from the movie “Atomic Blonde”)
  • Delphine Donkey (character from the TV show “Peppa Pig”)
  • Delphine Watzka (character from the book “The Master Butchers Singing Club”)