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Meaning and name origin

Dennis \d(en)-nis\ as a boy's name is pronounced DEN-iss. It is of Greek and English 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 17 variant forms: Den, Denies, Denis, Dennes, Dennet, Denney, Dennie, Dennison, Denny, Dennys, Denys, Deon, Dion, Dionisio, Dionysius, Dionysus and Diot.

For more information, see also related boy names Artemas, Denmark and Tyson.

There is 1 feminine form of Dennis: Denise.


Dennis is a very popular first name for males (#40 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#355 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dennis for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dennis name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dennis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Tyson (#282), Dennis (#491), Dionisio, Dion, Denny, Denis, Dennie and Deon. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tyson, Dennis, Dionisio, Dion, Denny, Denis, Dennie, Deon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dennis is also pronounced similarly to Deonys. This name tends to be less commonly used than Dennis.