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What does Denise mean?

Denise Pronunciation of Denise [denise] as a girls' name is pronounced de-NEES. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Denise is "follower of Dionysius". Feminine of Dennis, from the Greek name Dionysius. There is an ancient Latin form of the name, Dionysia, but this variant dates back only to the 1920s. Actress Denise Richards.

Associated with: greek, ancient (old).


Denise has 22 variants: Deneigh, Denese, Deney, Deni, Denice, Deniece, Denisa, Denissa, Denisse, Denisse, Denize, Dennet, Dennette, Denni, Dennie, Dennise, Denny, Denyce, Denys, Denyse, Dinnie and Dinny.

2 more different relations via Dionysia: Deonisia and Dinisha.

Creative forms:
(female) Deise, Denine, ..

(male) Dende, ..

Middle name pairings:
Denise Evelina (D.E.), ..

How popular is Denise?

Denise is a very prominent first name for females (#74 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#26292 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Denise reached its top rank of #26 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is presently at #991. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Denise name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Denise outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Denese, Denice, Denisse (#1514 in recent rankings), Dennie, Dennis, Dennise and Denyse are the popular related forms of Denise (#991 in recent rankings). Other forms, like Deonisia, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Denise was well-received during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.9%) and is now much lower, with forms such as Denice becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Denise, Denese, Denice, Denisse, Dennie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dennis, Dennise, Denyse in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Denise outside U.S.

Similar Names

Denise is pronounced similarly to Danice, Danise, Dionis and Donnisse. Other recommended names are Anise, Annise, Bernise, Cerise, Dalise, Danica, Danie, Danika, Danique, Danisha, Dedie, Delice, Delie, Deline, Delis, Delisa, Delise, Dellise, Deloise, Delyse, Demie, Denae, Dene, Deneisha, Denesha, Denia, Denica, Denisha, Denita, Derine, Desire, Deyse, Donica, Donika, Donisha, Felise, Genie, Genisa, Henie, Janise, Jenice, Jenie, Jenine, Jenise, Lenice, Lenis, Melise, Renie, Renisa, Renise, Venice, Venise, Venize and Vernise. These names tend to be less frequently used than Denise.

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