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What does Dennis mean?

Dennis Pronunciation of Dennis [den-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.

Associated with: greek, follower (servant), mythology, roman, biblical, judge.


Dennis has 17 variants: Den, Denies, Denis, Dennes, Dennet, Denney, Dennie, Dennison, Denny, Dennys, Denys, Deon, Dion, Dionisio, Dionysius, Dionysus and Diot.

Affiliated boy names: Artemas, Denmark and Tyson.

2 more alternative forms via Dionysius: Dionio and Dioniso.

1 feminine form: Denise.

Creative forms:
(male) Donis, Tonis, ..

(female) Dencey, Dendes, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dennis Payson (D.P.), ..

How popular is Dennis?

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)

Dennis reached its top position of #20 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #496. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Denis (#1494 last year), Dennie, Denny, Deon (#1010), Dion (#1279) and Tyson (#315) are the prominent related forms of Dennis (#496 last year) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Dionio, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Dennis reached its peak in the 1950s (average #931) and has become much less since (#1227, down 89%), with forms such as Dion becoming less fashionable. Tyson is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dion, Tyson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dennis is alike in pronunciation to Deonys. Other recommended names are Beavis, Bemis, Bennie, Bernis, Burnis, Dabnie (see Dabney), Dallis, Danie, Danil, Dannel, Dannie, Danno, Danny, Davis, Deakin, Deane, Deems, Delani, Delfin, Delles, Delos, Delwin, Demas, Demos, Denby, Denley, Denlie, Denly, Denman, Denzel, Denziel, Denzil, Denzill, Deonte, Derbie, Deri, Derik, Derrie, Derril, Derrin, Desi, Deus, Devlin, Deylin, Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donnel, Donnie, Dunlie (see Dunley), Enis, Ennis, Fenris, Ferris, Geddis, Genesis, Gennesis (see Genesis), Innis, Ioanis, Ioannis, Jennesis, Jervis, Kennie, Lennie, Leonis, Lewis, Lexis, Rennie, Stennis, Tannis, Terris, Teunis, Tevis and Yannis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dennis.

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