What does Dennis mean?
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.
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.