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