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Gender: M Origin of Dennis: French from Greek, vernacular form of Dionysius Dennis's Popularity in 2015: #496

Although it has come to sound Irish, Dennis is actually of French derivation (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 -- now at Number 496, 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.

Famous People Named Dennis

Dennis Quaid, American actor
Dennis Christopher, American actor
Dennis Hopper, American actor
Dennis Franz, American actor
Dennis Haysbert, American actor
Dennis Rodman, American Hall of Fame basketball player
Dennis Springer, American baseball player
Dennis Pitta, American football player
Dennis Seidenberg, German NHL Hockey player
Dennis William Sciama, British physicist
Dennis Gabor, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Pop Culture References for the name Dennis

Dennis Mitchell, from "Dennis the Menace," popular newspaper comic
Dennis Creevey, character from "Harry Potter"
Dennis Finch, character in "Just Shoot Me!"
Dennis Cahill, from movie "Executive Decision"
Dennis Reynolds, character on the TV series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Dennis, character from TV series "Psych"
Dennis, the goldfish of Stanley Griff, and the deuteragonist of the 2001 Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) TV series "Stanley"

Den, Dionisio, Deni, Dennet, Dionysius, Dennison, Dennie, Dennys, Denies, Denny, Deon, Dionysus

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)