What does Denise mean?
Denise \d(e)-ni-se\ 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.
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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Denise for girls. Denise entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its top rank of #26 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #777. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Denise and corresponding names. Denice and Denisse are the popular related forms of Denise (#777 in 2014). Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4963%) and is now much lower (usage 0.0743%, down 85%), with the forms Denice and Denise becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Denise▼ is pronounced similarly to Danice and Danise. Other recommended similar baby names are Delise, Denica, Denisha▼, Jenise, Renise and Venise. These names tend to be less frequently used than Denise.