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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Dennis is a boy's name of Greek origin and a variant of the French name Denis, meaning "follower of Dionysus". In Greek mythology, Dionysus was the son of Zeus and Semele and the god of vegetation, fertility, and wine. The name Dennis has its roots in Middle English (Old French) personal names Denis(e) and Dinis(e), which are vernacular forms of the Latin Dionysius, Greek Dionysios, and '(follower) of Dionysos'. The name Dennis has several variations and can be spelled as Denys, Denis, or shortened to Denny. It has been used in various cultures and languages, including Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Slovene, Korean, Latvian, and Japanese. The name Dennis is also associated with several famous people, such as actor Dennis Hopper, baseball player Dennis Martínez, comedian Dennis Miller, actor Dennis Quaid, and basketball player Dennis Rodman.

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