Dennis

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620k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dennis

"Dennis" is a name of English origin, and it means "Devotee of Dionysos". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Dennis was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Dennis

Dennis Rodman is a basketball player for the Long Beach Jam, Orange County Crush, Tijuana Dragons, Torpan Pojat, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to 2006. Dennis was born on May 13th, 1961 in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Dennis Quaid is an actor. He was most prominent from 1975 to present. Dennis was given the name Dennis William Quaid on April 9th, 1954 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Dennis Wilson was a rock music and pop music musician. He holds the title Little Bird" from Friends and River Song" from Pacific Ocean Blue. His career lasted from 1961 to 1983. Dennis was given the name Dennis Carl Wilson on December 4th, 1944 in Inglewood, California, United States. He breathed his last breath on December 28th, 1983.

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Dennis Hopper was an actor, director, and artist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 2010. Dennis was given the name Dennis Lee Hopper on May 17th, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas. He left this life on May 29th, 2010.

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Dennis Rader is a criminal. Dennis is also known as The BTK Killer and The BTK Strangler.

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Ghostface Killah is a hip hop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1992. Ghostface was given the name Dennis Coles on May 9th, 1970. Ghostface is also known as Ghostface and Tony Starks.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dennis

Roy was born Roy Lee Dennis on December 4th, 1961 in Glendora, California, United States. He breathed his last breath on October 4th, 1978.

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Les Dennis is a broadcaster, actor, game show host, and comedian. He was most prominent from 1971 to present. Les was given the name Leslie Heseltine on October 12th, 1953 in Garston, Liverpool, England.

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Hugh Dennis is a political satire, improvisational theatre, and insult comedy comedian. Hugh was given the name Peter Hugh Dennis on February 13th, 1962 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.

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Sandy Dennis was an actress. She was most active from 1952 to 1991. Sandy was given the name Sandra Dale Dennis on April 27th, 1937 in Hastings, Nebraska. She left this life on March 2nd, 1992.

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He holds the title CBE and Order of the British Empire. Ron was given the name Ronald Dennis on June 1st, 1947 in Woking, Surrey, England.

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Cathy Dennis is a britpop, pop music, and house music singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. She plays Keyboard instrument and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Cathy was given the name Catherine Roseanne Dennis on March 25th, 1969.

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How popular is the baby name Dennis in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 128 0 128
1881 99 0 99
1882 135 0 135
1883 112 0 112
1884 113 0 113
1885 112 0 112
1886 98 0 98
1887 93 0 93
1888 106 0 106
1889 111 0 111
1890 102 0 102
1891 89 0 89
1892 82 0 82
1893 83 0 83
1894 84 0 84
1895 108 0 108
1896 90 0 90
1897 96 0 96
1898 99 0 99
1899 86 0 86
1900 132 0 132
1901 79 0 79
1902 85 0 85
1903 75 0 75
1904 90 0 90
1905 106 0 106
1906 89 0 89
1907 111 0 111
1908 101 0 101
1909 120 0 120
1910 135 0 135
1911 166 0 166
1912 268 0 268
1913 324 0 324
1914 390 8 382
1915 514 0 514
1916 532 0 532
1917 591 9 582
1918 647 10 637
1919 636 10 626
1920 632 8 624
1921 739 12 727
1922 683 6 677
1923 782 9 773
1924 812 5 807
1925 834 8 826
1926 850 12 838
1927 935 15 920
1928 967 11 956
1929 1,009 10 999
1930 1,190 17 1,173
1931 1,209 8 1,201
1932 1,434 13 1,421
1933 1,699 13 1,686
1934 2,067 15 2,052 #95 boy name
1935 2,611 18 2,593 #72 boy name
1936 2,639 10 2,629 #74 boy name
1937 3,168 9 3,159 #63 boy name
1938 4,249 12 4,237 #49 boy name
1939 6,237 26 6,211 #34 boy name
1940 7,884 39 7,845 #24 boy name
1941 9,597 37 9,560 #23 boy name
1942 13,313 32 13,281 #20 boy name
1943 14,179 68 14,111 #20 boy name
1944 13,719 44 13,675 #20 boy name
1945 15,027 37 14,990 #19 boy name
1946 21,491 48 21,443 #17 boy name
1947 23,753 72 23,681 #17 boy name
1948 21,797 44 21,753 #17 boy name
1949 21,785 39 21,746 #16 boy name
1950 22,902 39 22,863 #17 boy name
1951 24,301 47 24,254 #17 boy name
1952 24,608 53 24,555 #18 boy name
1953 23,686 51 23,635 #19 boy name
1954 20,801 46 20,755 #21 boy name
1955 20,456 52 20,404 #23 boy name
1956 18,409 55 18,354 #26 boy name
1957 16,958 62 16,896 #28 boy name
1958 16,464 54 16,410 #29 boy name
1959 16,095 58 16,037 #29 boy name
1960 14,372 54 14,318 #31 boy name
1961 12,527 46 12,481 #34 boy name
1962 10,675 52 10,623 #37 boy name
1963 9,876 41 9,835 #39 boy name
1964 9,368 42 9,326 #42 boy name
1965 8,252 37 8,215 #44 boy name
1966 7,822 33 7,789 #44 boy name
1967 7,682 40 7,642 #43 boy name
1968 7,433 31 7,402 #45 boy name
1969 7,409 45 7,364 #44 boy name
1970 7,353 33 7,320 #46 boy name
1971 6,622 30 6,592 #49 boy name
1972 5,648 39 5,609 #52 boy name
1973 5,227 46 5,181 #56 boy name
1974 4,912 32 4,880 #59 boy name
1975 4,757 28 4,729 #59 boy name
1976 4,201 32 4,169 #66 boy name
1977 4,197 45 4,152 #68 boy name
1978 3,894 32 3,862 #71 boy name
1979 4,125 43 4,082 #75 boy name
1980 3,835 28 3,807 #80 boy name
1981 3,655 23 3,632 #83 boy name
1982 3,420 28 3,392 #87 boy name
1983 3,079 31 3,048 #92 boy name
1984 2,977 24 2,953 #97 boy name
1985 2,870 26 2,844
1986 2,736 30 2,706
1987 2,776 22 2,754
1988 2,665 15 2,650
1989 2,697 21 2,676
1990 2,509 17 2,492
1991 2,340 27 2,313
1992 2,180 14 2,166
1993 1,974 11 1,963
1994 1,809 22 1,787
1995 1,700 13 1,687
1996 1,560 19 1,541
1997 1,506 20 1,486
1998 1,331 13 1,318
1999 1,350 13 1,337
2000 1,348 10 1,338
2001 1,194 17 1,177
2002 1,104 23 1,081
2003 1,127 21 1,106
2004 1,032 25 1,007
2005 1,050 15 1,035
2006 1,037 13 1,024
2007 983 21 962
2008 850 17 833
2009 851 14 837
2010 731 8 723
2011 698 15 683
2012 658 0 658
2013 623 0 623
2014 579 6 573
2015 589 0 589
2016 588 7 581

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Popularity of Dennis as a first name

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Popularity of Dennis as a last name

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  • Jones
  • Miller
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  • Sullivan
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • Mccarthy
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dennis U.S.
  White 65.60% 64.26%
  African American 27.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dennis

People with the last name Dennis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dennis

  • How Popular is the name Dennis? Dennis is the 93rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Dennis was the 409th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dennis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 619,551 babies born with the first name Dennis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dennis to occupy the country of Western Sahara with an estimated population of 567,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dennis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 128 new born babies.
  • When was Dennis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dennis is Saturday, March 17th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Dennis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dennis was in 1952 with a total of 24,555 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dennis!
  • Random Dennis Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dennis ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 5 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Dennis: Your name in reverse order is Sinned. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dsenni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dennis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 78,482 people with the last name Dennis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dennis? Dennis was ranked as the 409th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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