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Dennis feels old-fashioned in America, but it is still on the top 700 list. It is one of the most popular French titles in America. This option is also unique, as it dates back to the god of wine and debauchery, Dionysos.

Meaning of the name Dennis:

English: god of Nysa, son of Zeus from Nysa
Dutch: god of Nysa, son of Zeus from Nysa
German: god of Nysa, son of Zeus from Nysa

Origin of the name Dennis:

Dennis is the English, Dutch, and German version of Denis. Denis originated from Denys, the Medieval French version of Dionysius. Saint Denis spread this name with the early Christian church, as he was a missionary to Gaul in the third century. The Normans brought it to England after invading, turning it to Dennis. Dionysius itself is the Latin form of Dionysios, a version of Dionysos. Dionysos comes from two other Greek titles “Dios” and “Nysa.”

Symbolism of the name Dennis:

Dennis dates back to the ancient Greek name Dionysios. Dionysios was a form of Dionysos, a god's title. It comes from two other Greek names, “Dios” and “Nysa.” Dios means “of Zeus,” and Nysa translates to “tree.” Nysa was the region where the god Dionysos got raised, according to mythology.

Style of the name Dennis:


Gender of the name Dennis:

Dennis is a mature name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Dennis:

DEHN-is or DEH-nis

Number of syllables in the name Dennis:


Emotion evoked from the name Dennis:

Dennis is a mature and strong name for boys. It is natural and traditional.

Alternative spellings for the name Dennis:

  • Denis
  • Denys
  • Dennys

Nicknames for the name Dennis:

  • Den
  • Denny
  • Dennie
  • Denni
  • Dee Dee

Popularity of the name Dennis:

As of 2021, Dennis is a top 700 baby name for boys. It is number 693 for boys. Dennis was a top 100 option from 1934 to 1984. It was on the top 20 list from 1942 to 1953, ranking highest in 1949 at rank 16.

Related names for the name Dennis:

Great middle names for Dennis and their meanings:

  • Anthony (priceless one, highly praiseworthy)
  • Shane (graced by God)
  • Grant (tall, large)
  • Bryce (speckled, freckled)
  • Clayton (clay settlement)
  • Gray (black mixed with white, welcome)
  • Keegan (son of Aodhagan)
  • Pierce (son of Piers)

Famous people with the name Dennis:

  • Dennis Quaid (actor, “The Parent Trap”)
  • Dennis Christopher (actor, “Breaking Away”)
  • Dennis Hopper (actor, “Easy Rider”)
  • Dennis Franz (actor, “NYPD Blue”)
  • Dennis Wilson (musician from The Beach Boys)
  • Dennis Rodman (basketball player)
  • Dennis Miller (comedian)
  • Dennis Haysbert (actor, “No Exit”)

Dennis's in popular culture:

  • Dennis Mitchell (character from “Dennis the Menace”)
  • Dennis Creevey (character from “Harry Potter” series)
  • Dennis Finch (character from “Just Shoot Me!”)
  • Dennis Cahill (character from “Executive Decision”)
  • Dennis Reynolds (character from “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”)
  • Dennis (character from “Psych”)
  • Dennis Loughran (character from “Hotel Transylvania 2”)
  • Dennis Nedry (character from “Jurassic Park”)
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