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Gender: Male Meaning of Tennyson: "son of Dennis" Origin of Tennyson: English

The name Tennyson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Dennis". Tennyson and is often added to lists like Literary Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "British Upper Class Generation Caf #4".

From the experts:

Few people would have considered the surname of this famous Victorian poet as a first name until Russell Crowe chose it for his son in 2006. But, as a rhythmic three-syllable patronymic, Tennyson has a lot going for it, not least of all the appealing nickname Tenny; it would make a novel choice for the son of a Dennis.

Other options: The poet's first name, Alfred, or the name of another esteemed bard, such as Eliot, Poe, Byron, Lowell or Lorca.

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Famous People Named Tennyson

Lord Alfred Tennyson, famous poet
Tennyson Spencer Crowe (2006-), son of actor Russell Crowe
Alfred D'Orsay Tennyson Dickens (1845-1912), fourth son of Charles Dickens
F[ryniwyd] Tennyson Jesse (1888-1958), writer and criminologist

Pop Culture References for the name Tennyson

Benjamin "Ben" Tennyson-main character in Cartoon Network's "Ben 10" series and movies.

Tennyson is one of the main characters of the book Bruiser by Neil Shusterman.

Tenson, Dennison, Tennie, Tennis, Tenneyson, Tenison, Tenney, Tenny, Tennison


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JossieChris Says:


One of my favorite poets, This is my favorite boys name. Adorable nickname, Tenny or nn crush Turtle. Handsome grown man name. Sounds like Remington or Ellington. Ages well. I love it with the middle name James...Tennyson James sounds so nice nn TJ. I even like this on a girl with nn Tizzy.