What does Dennis mean?
Dennis \d(en)-nis\ as a boys' name is pronounced DEN-iss. It is of English and Greek origin, and the meaning of Dennis is "follower of Dionysius". Also variant of Dionysius. Mythology: Dionysius is the Greek god of wine, responsible for the growth of the vines in spring and the originator of winemaking; he is equivalent to the Roman god Bacchus. Biblical: a judge of Athens who was converted to Christianity by the apostle Paul. Basketball player Dennis Rodman; actors Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Hopper, Dennis Franz, Denis Leary, Dennis Haysbert; sailor Dennis Conner.
Dennis has 1 feminine form: Denise.
Dennis is a very popular first name for males (#40 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#384 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Dennis for boys. Dennis reached its top position of #20 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #491. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Dennis and related names. Denis, Dennie, Denny, Deon, Dion, Dionisio and Tyson (#282 last year) are the prominent related forms of Dennis (#491 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4255%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1534%, down 64%), with forms such as Dennie, Dennis, Denny, Deon and Dion falling out of fashion. Tyson (#282) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Dennis▼ is alike in pronunciation to Deonys. This name tends to be less frequently used than Dennis.