Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Daisy

The name Daisy is derived from the vocabulary word that describes a certain type of flower. The word Daisy comes from the Olde English “dægesēage” (‘day’s eye’) – so called because the daisy’s petals open during the day to uncover the yellow center then close again at the end of the day. The ‘day’s eye’ is also synonymous with the sun. Interestingly, the French word for “daisy” is marguerite, which also happens to be the French form of the English name Margaret. Hence, Daisy became a pet form of the name Margaret. The daisy flower is said to symbolize purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity. The French game “Effeuiller la Marguerite” (Pluck the Daisy) can best be described as: He loves me, He loves me not, He loves me…Flower names became fashionable in the late 1800s, went out of vogue for a while, and are currently experiencing a revival.

All About the Baby Name – Daisy

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME DAISY

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME DAISY

The name Daisy was very popular at the end of the 19th century in America when flower names were all the rage. The name started showing signs of decline by the early 1900s and hits an all-time low in the 60s and 70s. The 1980s welcomed Daisy back into the mainstream as the name begins to show clear signs of a comeback, rising on the charts by almost 400 positions in that decade alone. For the past twenty years, the name’s growth has been slow and barely detectable, but it appears to be inching closer to the Top 100 most-favored girl’s name. We can tell you that Daisy is already a favorite in California, Nevada and Arizona. The daisy is a happy flower. It’s the only flower that can dress up a brown paper sack. Flower names are indeed reemerging in popularity (like the cute Lily and the pretty Violet) but we think the Daisy is the happiest of them all!

Quick Facts

ON DAISY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

198

PRONUNCIATION:

DAY-zee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Day's eye

Characteristics

OF DAISY

The Master Builder

Leader

Large Undertakings

Confidence

Discipline

Organization

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Daisy

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DAISY

Norman May is a kind and intelligent young man in Charlotte Mary Yonge’s 1856 novel, The Daisy Chain, the story of a large middle-class family in England and their various trials and accomplishments. Of both, there are many. At the outset, Mother May is killed and daughter Margaret crippled in a carriage accident, while Father May struggles to keep up alone with the rest of the family – eleven children! Norman is actually probably in the Mensa class, but like so many of his Victorian brothers, he suffers from depression and self-doubt. In the final analysis, Norman becomes a clergyman – an excellent choice at a time when people were actively striving to discipline their baser natures into choosing the higher path of divinity. At least, we hope it cheered him up a little.

Daisy Buchanan is one of the main characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby. She is a beautiful, wealthy young socialite wife and (indifferent) mother, who is the object of Gatsby’s obsessive, long time love. She is married to an unfaithful husband, and the attentions of Gatsby are too attractive to spurn altogether. Far from being the paragon of beauty and virtue that Gatsby has idolized, she is actually selfish, cynical and careless. Ultimately she opts for staying with her rich husband over throwing in her lot with the socially inferior Gatsby. In a last act of betrayal, which leads to Gatsby’s death, she allows him to take the blame for the death of her husband’s mistress, who was hit while Daisy was driving the car. Nonetheless, she is eternally intriguing, holding her own as a strong, unforgettable woman in one of America’s top 100 novels.

Daisy Miller is the title character of Henry Miller’s novella of the same name, published in book form in 1879. She is a beautiful young American girl, full of life and high spirits, if somewhat naïve and shallow, who travels to Europe and falls in with a questionable element of society. She is pursued by a fellow American abroad, Frederick Winterbourne, who, while attracted to her, is rather shocked by her unconventional behavior and quest for entertainment. Daisy and Winterbourne meet again later in Rome, where she spends much time in the company of the disreputable Giovanelli. He chides her, to no avail…days later, she is dead of malaria as a direct result of her association with Giovanelli. Ah, the wages of sin! Poor Daisy remains an enigma to the end – is she as innocent as she protests? Is she only a naïve American judged by the jaded eyes of Europeans? Or did she in her short life manage to cast off the manacles of a stilted society and actually have some fun? You be the twenty-first century judge.

Popular Songs

ON DAISY

Daisy Mae
a song by Ernest Tubb

A Daisy Through Concrete
a song by the Eels

Daisy
a song by Stone Temple Pilots

Daisy Chain
a song by The Go-Go's

Daisy Jane
a song by America

Daisy May
a song by Spiderbait

Humble Daisy
a song by XTC

Daisy Lane
a song by Stereophonics

Famous People

NAMED DAISY

Daisy Fuentes (model)
Daisy Lowe (model)
Daisy Fuentes (model)
Daisy Lowe (model)
Daisy Fuentes (model)
Daisy Lowe (model)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DAISY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Daisy

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DAISY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Daisy