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The name Dennis is a derivation of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and good times, and came about in reference to servants to that ancient hedonist.

The name is often shortened to Denny, and variants include Denis, Denys, and Dion. (Interestingly, the name Sidney/Sydney is an abbreviated variation on the old French town Saint-Denis.) The female equivalent is Denise.

In addition to being a person's name, there are 13 cities in the United States named Dennis, and there is of course 1999's Hurricane Dennis.

Famous People Named Dennis

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