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What does Dennis mean?

Dennis \d(en)-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.


Dennis has 17 variants: 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.

Dennis has 4 more alternative forms via Dionysius: Dionio, Dioniso, Dionysios and Dionysos.

Dennis has 1 feminine form: Denise.


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)

Shown below is the birth name popularity 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 1000 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 usage of Dennis and related names. Denis, Dennie, Denny, Deon, Dion, Dionisio and Tyson (#282 last year) are the prominent related forms of Dennis (#491 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4255%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1534%, down 64%), with forms such as Dennie, Dennis, Denny, Deon and Dion falling out of fashion. Tyson (#282) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Dennis is alike in pronunciation to Deonys. This name tends to be less frequently used than Dennis.