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  1. Dennisnoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek.

  2. Dennisnoun

    A patronymic surname.

  3. Etymology: Old French saint's name Denis, brought to England by Normans; from Latin Dionysius, "follower of (the wine god) Dionysos".


  1. Dennis

    Dennis or Denis is a first or last name from the Greco-Roman name Dionysius, via one of the Christian saints named Dionysius. The name came from Dionysus, the Greek god of ecstatic states, particularly those produced by wine, which is sometimes said to be derived from the Greek Dios (Διός, "of Zeus") and Nysos or Nysa (Νῦσα), where the young god was raised. Dionysus (or Dionysos; also known as Bacchus in Roman mythology and associated with the Italic Liber), the Thracian god of wine, represents not only the intoxicating power of wine, but also its social and beneficent influences. He is viewed as the promoter of civilization, a lawgiver, and lover of peace—as well as the patron deity of both agriculture and the theater. Dionysus is a god of mystery religious rites, such as those practiced in honor of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis near Athens. In the Thracian mysteries, he wears the "bassaris" or fox-skin, symbolizing new life. (See also Maenads.) A mediaeval Latinised form of the Anglo-Norman surname Le Denys was Dacus, which correctly meant Dacian, but when the Vikings were about was often used to mean "Danish" or "The Dane". The name became modernised as Denys, then later as Dennis. Alternative forms and spellings of the name include Denis, Denys, Dennys, Denish, Deon, Deonne, Deonte, and Dion, Dionice. Diminutive forms include Den, Dennoh, Deno, Denny, Deny and Deen. The name Sydenie (alternate spellings: Sydney or Sidney) may derive from a village in Normandy called Saint-Denis.A medieval diminutive was Dye, from which the names Dyson and Tyson are derived.Dennis is a very popular English, Irish and Danish name, common throughout the English-speaking world. Denis is a very popular French name, common throughout the Francophone world, but is also a common English, Irish, German, Italian, Dutch, Croatian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Brazilian, Bosnian, and Albanian name. Dionizy is the Polish version of the name. Dionigi and Dionisio are the Italian versions of the name. The Irish name Donnchadh may be anglicised as Denis, but has a different origin and is in fact related to the name Duncan. Feminine versions of the name include: Denise, Denisa, Deni, Denice, Deniece, Dione, and Dionne.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. dennis

    The man who expresses the things he thinks other folks think he thinks.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dennis is ranked #409 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dennis surname appeared 78,482 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 27 would have the surname Dennis.

    65.6% or 51,484 total occurrences were White.
    27.8% or 21,849 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 2,260 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 1,797 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 620 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 471 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DENNIS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2460

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DENNIS in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DENNIS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of DENNIS in a Sentence

  1. Mike Doyle:

    The central questions of the city’s two-year, million-dollar cover-up of the killings of Rhogena Nicholas and Dennis Tuttle remain unanswered: What happened, before and after the HPD murderous raid? the Nicholas family and public still need answers from the mayor and the police chief.

  2. Dianne Lake:

    Dennis really took Charlie under his wing, charlie was teaching Dennis how to play the guitar and I think he admired Charlie. He was proud to show him off to his friends. They had a good time together.

  3. Gurbir Grewal:

    Boeing Company and Dennis Muilenburg put profits over people by misleading investors about the safety of the 737 Max all in an effort to rehabilitate Boeing's image following two tragic accidents that resulted in the loss of 346 lives and incalculable grief to so many families.

  4. Scott Kirby:

    Imagine if Dennis Tajer have thousands of employees on one day calling in and saying,' For some reason, my test didn't pass,' i mean it is going to be a huge challenge for airlines that are not implementing vaccine requirements. Customers can book with confidence on United. We're done with it.

  5. Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg:

    It's clear Dennis Muilenburg's ouster was long overdue, under his watch, a long-admired company made a number of devastating decisions that suggest profit took priority over safety.

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