[ 2 syll. dai-sy, da-isy ] The baby girl name Daisy is pronounced DEY-Ziy- †. Daisy's origin is Old English and Old Greek, and its use, English and German. Old English origin: It is from daisy ; daeg meaning 'day' ; eage 'eye'. The first name is derived from the flower name, which is itself from the Old English 'daegeseage' meaning 'day's eye' due to the flower's trait in unfolding its petals at daybreak and closing them again in the evening. As 'marguerite' is the French name for the daisy, the first name was in early times used as a pet form of Margaret. The given name was first adopted by English speakers in the 19th century during an interest in plant and flower names. It has been made known by Harry Dacre's hit song Daisy Bell (1892), the titular heroine of Henry James' novel Daisy Miller (1879), and the fictional Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby (1925).
Daisy is a derivative (English) of the English and Scottish Margaret.
Daisy is also a pet form (English) of the English and French Marguerite.
The name Daisy is used to a great extent; it has 29 derivatives. Derivatives include Daesgesage, Daisea, Daiseah, Daisee, Daisha, Daisi, Daisia, Daisie, Daizee, Daizi, Daizie, Daizy, Dasee, Dasey, Dasi, Dasie, Dasy, Daysee, Daysey, Daysi, Daysie, Daysy, Daze, Dazea, Dazeah, Deisy, Deysi, and Deyzi. The variant spelling Daisey is another English form.
Daisy is popular as a baby name for girls. In 1900, 0.293% of baby girls were given the name Daisy. Its ranking then was #81. The baby name has since experienced a substantial decline in frequency, and is of only occasional use in recent years. In 2018, it ranked at #169 with a usage of 0.092%. Within the group of girl names directly linked to Daisy, Margaret was the most regularly used. It was 36% more frequently used than Daisy in 2018. The name Daisy has predominantly been a girl name, although it has also been given to boys in the past century. Daisy as a girl name outnumbered its use as boy name by 52 times in 1903.
† Pronunciation for Daisy: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Daisy:
Actress Dandy Nichols, born Daisy Nichols, 21 May 1907 - 6 February 1986, London, England.
Author Daisy Ashford, born Margaret Mary Julia Ashford, 7 April 1881 - 15 January 1972, Petersham, Surrey, England.
Fictional Character Daisy Duke, born 1979.
TV Personality Daisy Fuentes, born 17 November 1966, Havana, Cuba.