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What does Dionysus mean?

Dionysus Pronunciation of Dionysus [diony-sus] as a boys' name means "follower of Dionysius". Dionysus is a version of Dennis (English, Greek): also transcription of Dionysius. See also Apollo.

Associated with: follower (servant).


Dionysus has 2 variants: Dionysios and Dionysos.

2 more related forms via Dennis, Dionysius: Dionisio and Dioniso.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Dionysus Dyland (D.D.), ..

How popular is Dionysus?

Dionysus is an unusual first name for males. Dionysus is an equivalently uncommon last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Dionysus (not ranked) are Dennis (#496 last year) and Apollo (#751). Other variants, like Dionysios, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Dionysus reached its apex 7 decades ago (usage of 1.01%) and is now significantly reduced (usage 0.05%, 95%). Dennis has been the most recognizable form, although Apollo appears to be gaining favor too, while Dennis has lost favor. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Apollo, Dennis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aiolus, Alfonsus, Aloysius, Aonghus, Cronus, Dennys, Dennyson, Denys, Deonys, Dinesh, Dion, Diondrae, Diondray, Diondre, Dionio, Dionte, Dollfus, Dolphus, Donahue, Donatus, Donau, Donohue, Giorgius (see George), Hieronymus, Leondaus, Linus, Pincus, Pinkus, Ponthus, Pontius, Rinus, Siorus and Thonus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Dionysus.

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