is a feminine given name derived from the name of the flower. The flower name came from the English
, meaning "day's eye. Daisy is also a nickname for Margaret
, used because Marguerite
, the French
version of that name, is also a French
name for the oxeye daisy
.. It came into popular use in the late Victorian era
along with other flower names. Authors Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran wrote in their 2007 book Baby Name Bible
that Daisy has a "fresh, wholesome, and energetic" image.. The name has been used for literary characters such as Daisy Miller
, the title character of the novella by Henry James
, and for television characters such as Daisy Duke
on The Dukes of Hazard
. Very short, form-fitting, denim cut-off jeans shorts
are named Daisy Dukes
after this character.
Daisy was the 167th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007. It was in steady use for American girls throughout the 20th century and was ranked among the top 200 names for girls between 1900 and 1940. It declined in popularity between 1960 and 1980, but has been climbing in popularity since the 1980s. It was the 294th most common name for all females during the 1990 United States census. Daisy was the 24th most popular name for girls born in England and Wales in 2007 and the 55th most popular name for girls born in Scotland in 2007.