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Gender: Male Origin of Dennis: French from Greek, vernacular form of Dionysius Meaning of Dionysius: Greek mythology name Dennis's Popularity in 2017: #544

The name Dennis is a boy's name of French origin. Dennis is ranked #544 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Coolated Boys' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

Although it has come to sound Irish, Dennis is one of the most widely-used French names (St. Denis is the patron saint of France) and harks back even further to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and debauchery. It was introduced to England by the Normans.

Dennis was considered cool when it was near the top of the charts in the 1940s and 1950s, but has been slipping ever since, thanks in part to the devilish Dennis the Menace.

Dennis Barlow is the main character in Evelyn Waugh's satirical 1948 novel The Loved One. Some prominent namesakes also include Dennis Hopper, Dennis Rodman, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Leary and Dennis Wilson. Denis is a secondary spelling.

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Famous People Named Dennis

(John) Dennis Hastert, 51st U.S. Speaker of the House
Dennis William Quaid, American actor
Dennis Christopher, American actor
Dennis Lee Hopper, American actor
Dennis Franz, American actor
Dennis Carl Wilson, American musician of The Beach Boys
Dennis John Kucinich, U.S. Congressman from Ohio
Dennis Miller, American comedian
Dennis Dexter Haysbert, American actor
Dennis Keith Rodman, American basketball player
Dennis Leroy Springer, American baseball player
Dennis Gregory Pitta, American football player
Dennis Marvin Seidenberg, German NHL Hockey player
Dennis William Sciama, British physicist
Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer; winner of the Nobel Prize
Dennis O'Neil, American comic book writer and editor

Pop Culture References for the name Dennis

Dennis Mitchell, main character in the Dennis the Menace comic and series
Dennis Creevey, character in the Harry Potter series
Dennis Finch, character in "Just Shoot Me!"
Dennis Cahill, from movie "Executive Decision"
Dennis Reynolds, character on TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Dennis, character on TV's "Psych"
Dennis, the goldfish of Stanley Griff on animated TV series "Stanley"
Dennis Loughran, aka Denisovich, character in Hotel Transylvania 2
Dennis Nedry, character in film Jurassic Park
Dennis the Hitman, minor character from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Dennis the Locomotive, minor character on animated series Thomas and Friends
Dennis, character in video game Far Cry 3
Dennis the Peasant, minor character in film Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Dennis Lawrence Chan, character on animated series Kid vs. Kat
Dennis Duffy, a minor character on TV's 30 Rock
"Phantom Dennis", Cordelia Chase's deceased roommate on TV's Angel
Dennis van Rita, character in the 2006 film Love Belongs to Everyone
Dennis O'Bannon, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"

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Dennis's International Variations

Denya, Deniskov, Denka (Russian) Dennes (Eastern European) Denes, Dion, Denys, Denis, Deniss, Denijs, Dione, Denney (French) Dunixi (Basque) Dionizy (Polish) Dénes (Hungarian) Dinis (Portuguese)