Daisy was first used as a name on its own at the end of the 19th century, when other flower names like Violet, Lily, and Rose came into fashion. Before that it was used as an occasional nickname for the name Margaret-- coming from the fact that the French word for the daisy flower is "Marguerite." It may also have been influenced by the fact that Maisie was also used as a short form of Margaret (at least in Scotland).

The word 'daisy' is from Old English, meaning "day's eye," referring to the fact that daisies open in the sunlight to reveal their yellow center, and then close up again at night.

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