Daphne & Apollo - what's in a name?

Daphne & Apollo

DAPHNE & APOLLO – What’s in a name?

Do you know the story of Daphne & Apollo?

Daphne & Apollo is a story from ancient Greek mythology.   The god of light and poetry, Apollo, mocked the god of love Eros (Cupid), for playing with bows and arrows because they were meant for wars instead of love. In anger Eros shot an arrow made of lead at a tree nymph named Daphne to make her hate Apollo and a golden arrow at Apollo so that he loves and wants to marry Daphne.  Apollo began to chase Daphne all over the world but they were evenly matched in speed until Apollo asked Eros to help him catch her.  Seeing that Apollo was going to catch up Daphne asked her father the river god Peneus to help her.  So he turned her into a tree to protect her.  Daphne began running slower and slower as her feet joined with the earth and when Apollo finally caught up to her she was a complete tree. Heartbroken Apollo hugged the tree with his arms and kissed the wood although it shrank away from his touch.  He promised to love her forever and always to tend the tree and used his powers of eternal youth to make Daphne evergreen.  Every laurel tree since then has leaves that never grow old and do not decay.

To remember her for ever Apollo made himself a wreath out of her laurel branches turning it into a symbol for poets and musicians.

Daphne & Apollo
Original story written  by Roman poet Ovid

I’m still running around the world and not running too slowly yet – I like that I’m running as fast as Apollo and evenly matched. My leaves are changing but inside my teenager is still full of energy!

What’s in your name and can you see anything that describes aspects of yourself and who you are as I can see in mine?  Do tell me in the comments below and please do share with your family and friends.

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6 thoughts on “Daphne & Apollo”

  1. My name is Penelope so of course I learned the story of Odysseus and Penelope in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ when I was very young and it has always had great resonance for me. I’m not sure I would have her patience but she was also clever and resourceful which I admire. I would never want to change my name and don’t like it shortened to Penny.

  2. I was born in the Netherlands in 1954. My uncle recommended to my parents to name me after the ‘Princess Irene’ of the Netherlands at that time. So they did.

    As I got older, I learned more about my name. Having lived in the United States most of my life I learned an old country singer by the name of Huddie Ledbetter wrote the song “Good Night Irene.” Strangers I would meet would sing that song to me when ever I would introduce myself. This song has been taught to me and I appreciate my name and recognition for it although I really appreciate my father for thinking of me as his ‘princess’ for sure!

    Another surprise I learned about my name is when I had the honor of receiving a phone call from Father Charlie our neighbor and Marianist Catholic Priest who let me know that he was praying for me on St. Irenaeus Day several years ago. Flattered and surprised I couldn’t resist to find out why this particular June 28, 2000 was so important to him.

    History tells a story a group of Christians in Asia Minor had been excommunicated by Pope Victor I because of their refusal to accept the Western church’s date for celebrating Easter. Irenaeus, the “lover of peace” as his name indicates, interceded with the pope to lift the ban, indicating that this was not an essential matter and that these people were merely following an old tradition, one that men such as Saint Polycarp (February 23) and Pope Anicetus had not seen as divisive. The pope responded favorably and the rift was healed. Some one hundred years later, the Western practice was voluntarily adopted. I know that the Catholics still practice recognizing St. Irenaeus Day to this day.

  3. Princess Irene, there’s a lot to your name that I had no idea about. Irene was my Mother’s name although she pronounced it slightly differently to you – eye-ree-nee. Daphne x

  4. My name Claire is a name I have always felt comfortable with and the right name for me. It comes from the latin Clarus meaning bright and clear and is a baby name apparently! The Twelfth century St Clare (or Clara) of Assisi founded the Poor Clares order of nuns. The meaning I like best is “One who is intelligent and independent. She learns from many mistakes. She is one who doesn’t ever want to be fake. She has lots of friends. Guys do tend to like her a lot but they get turned down because she finds no interest in them. Claire is always distracted in her life but she doesn’t know by what. She needs her space to breathe and live. She yearns for a lot of freedom. Claire is also gorgeous. She might not believe it but she truly is. She really has a lot of talents. She is truly beautiful inside and outside.” Thanks Daphne for making me check out my name and find so much I didn’t know.

  5. Yes, I knew the story of your name because we have the same name. I never liked being called Daffy Duck, but that didn’t happen often.

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