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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.

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.

Dennis has 2 more alternative forms via Dionysius: Dionio and Dioniso.

Dennis has 1 feminine form: Denise.

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

(female) Dencey, Denniscey, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history 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)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the history of Dennis and related names. Denis (#1547 last year), Dennie, Denny, Deon (#1029), Dion (#1153) and Tyson (#282) are the prominent related forms of Dennis (#491 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 (#1214, down 89%), with forms such as Denis 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.