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Denis Family History

Denis Name Meaning

French Walloon Breton West Indian (mainly Haiti) German Dutch English and Portuguese; Spanish and Galician (Denís): from the personal name Denis Spanish and Galician Denís from Latin Dionysius ‘(follower) of Dionysos’ (see Dennis ). Compare Dennee . Ukrainian and Rusyn: variant transliteration of Denys a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Denys, Dennis, Deniz, Danis, Deni, Benis, Deis, Donis, Denise, Enis

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Where is the Denis family from?

You can see how Denis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Denis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Denis families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 1,667 Denis families living in Quebec. This was about 87% of all the recorded Denis's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Denis families in 1911.
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What did your Denis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Journalier were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Denis. 23% of Denis men worked as a Cultivateur and 10% of Denis women worked as a Journalier. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denis were Laborer and Mnagre. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Farmer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Journalier
  • Servante
  • Cultivateur
  • Mnagre
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Census Records

There are 75,000 census records available for the last name Denis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Denis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Denis. For the veterans among your Denis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Denis lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Denis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Denis in 1952 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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