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What does Denis mean?

Denis Pronunciation of Denis [de-nis] as a boys' name is pronounced de-NEES. It is of French and Greek origin, and the meaning of Denis is "follower of Dionysius". Also variant of Dionysius. Saint Denis (third century) was the first bishop of Paris and is the patron saint of France. Actor Denis Leary.

Associated with: greek, follower (servant), saint.


Denis has 1 variant: Denys.

Affiliated boy name: Dennis.

2 more alternative forms via Dionysius: Dionio and Dioniso.

Creative forms:
(male) Dernis, Dexnis, ..

(female) Denisie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Denis Karl (D.K.), ..

How popular is Denis?

Denis is a very prominent first name for men (#577 out of 1220, Top 47%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#5852 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Denis reached its peak rank of #333 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is currently at #1494. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Dennis (#496 last year) is the only other popular related form of Denis (#1494 last year). Adoption of these relations of Denis was at its apex 65 years ago (average #179) and has become much lower since, with versions such as Dennis becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Denis, Dennis outside U.S.

Similar Names

Denis is alike in pronunciation to Denies, Dennys and Deonys. Other suggested similar names are Bemis, Bernis, Bevis, Dani, Danie, Danil, Davis, Decio, Deems, Deli, Delios, Delius, Delos, Demas, Demos, Den, Denby, Dene, Denison, Denlie, Denly, Dennes, Dennie, Denny, Denzil, Deri, Deric, Derik, Deriq, Des, Desi, Deus, Devin, Dewi, Dewie, Dezi, Enis, Ennis, Fenris, Innis, Kevis, Leonis, Lewis, Lexis, Regis, Reis, Teunis and Tevis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Denis.

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