Denise: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Denise

Denise

Pronunciation: deh-NEES (key)

Origin of the name Denise:

Feminine form of Dennis, which is an English cognate of the Greek Dionysios (a follower of the god Dionysos).

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Comments and insights on the name Denise: | Edit

The popular song of 1963 by Randy and the Rainbows - Oh Denise, made a rare name have a short run of popularity. It is more common today for Denise to be a middle name.

It's a nice name. If it was my name I wouldn't mind.

Personal experiences with the name Denise: | Edit

My name is Denise. When I was a child my brother and I were called Denise and Denephew as a joke.

I was born in 1962 in Ontario, Canada. No one had heard of the name Denise, except in Quebec. I was the only Denise in school until high school, when I met one other Denise.

My mother's name is Denise and that name will always be linked to my mother.

Nicknames for Denise: | Edit

Denny, D, neecee, neisey, Nisey, Nini, Dino, Dee, DD, Nis

Meanings and history of the name Denise: | Edit

Of French origins, meaning "follower of Dionysius (the greek god of wine)". An ancient Latin form of the name, Dionysia, dating back to the 1920s.

Famous real-life people named Denise: | Edit

Denise Richards, American model and actress
Denise van Outen, British television personality and actress
Deniece Williams, American singer
Denyce Graves, American opera singer
Denise Lewis, British heptathlete
Denise Austin, American fitness expert
Denise Levertov, Anglo-American poet
Denise Drysdale, Australian television personality and comedian

Denise in song, story & screen: | Edit

Oh Denise-Randy and the Rainbows 1963
Denise Huxtable in "The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)

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