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Denise as a given name was extremely popular from 1950 through 1982. The name was in the top 100 consistently, and multiple times in the top 40 most popular baby girl names. It started to decline in 1983, bottoming out at 991. Currently it is becoming more popular and is rising up the chart. This can be attributed to parents looking for “retro” names, giving a nod to the past. Keep reading to find out more about this baby name.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Denise:

French. Denise is the feminine form of Dennis. The name is connected to Dionysus. Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, and the name Denise means “to be devoted to Bacchus”. The name can also mean “God of Nysa”. These meanings give the name strong classical roots.

Symbolism of the Name Denise:

Denise symbolizes levity, fun, and frivolity. As a “follower of Dionysius” and “devoted to Bacchus,” having fun and creating fun for others is of high priority.

Nicknames for the Name Denise:

Plenty of nicknames are available for you to choose from with Denise! Some of these names maintain Denise's classic feel, while others have more modern connotations. Some are great for young children, while others are perfect for all ages. Check out the best nicknames for Denise:

  • Denni
  • Denny
  • Deny
  • Den
  • Dee
  • Neecy
  • Dens
  • Nise
  • Dee Dee
  • Dinero
  • Didi
  • Dino
  • Deeno
  • Dinnie
  • Dana 
  • Denis
Baby name Denise

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Gender of the Name Denise:

Denise is often considered the female form of the male name Dennis.

Pronunciation of the Name Denise:


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Emotion Evoked From the Name Denise:

The name Denise evokes a feeling of joy, fun, and compassion.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Denise:

Deneece, Denice, Deniece, Denyse, Denyce

Popularity of the Name Denise:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Denise was the 875th most popular girl name in 2020. It made a prolific jump from its 997th ranking in 2015. The name fell back off of the top 1,000 list in subsequent years.

Deniece, Dionycia, Dionise, Deniz

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Famous People with the Name Denise:

Denise in Movies and Pop Culture:

  • Denise(character on the sitcom “The Cosby Show” and its spin-off “A Different World”)
  • Denisein “The Muppets” who is Kermit the Frog's new significant other)
  • Denise Sherwood (character on “Army Wives”)
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