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Dennis Name Meaning

English: from the medieval personal name Den(n)is (Latin Dionysius, Greek Dionysios ‘(follower) of Dionysos’, an eastern god introduced to the classical pantheon at a relatively late date and bearing a name of probably Semitic origin). The name was borne by various early saints, including St Denis, the martyred 3rd-century bishop of Paris who became the patron of France; the popularity of the name in England from the 12th century onwards seems to have been largely due to French influence. The feminine form Dionysia (in the vernacular likewise Den(n)is) is also found, and some examples of the surname may represent a metronymic form. English: variant of Dench. Irish (mainly Dublin and Cork): of the same origin as 1 and 2, sometimes an alternative form to Donohue but more often to MacDonough, since the personal name Donnchadh was Anglicized as Donough or Denis. Irish (Ulster and Munster): Anglicized form of the rare Gaelic name Ó Donnghusa ‘descendant of Donnghus’, a personal name from donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + gus ‘vigor’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Denis, Annis, Danis, Kennis, Tennis, Bennis, Ennis, Denys, Denning

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Dennis Family Origin

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Dennis Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dennis. The most common Dennis occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Dennis's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dennis family was Servant.

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Student

    5%
  • Servant

    4%

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Dennis Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Dennis. 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 Card

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Dennis Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dennis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dennis in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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