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From an English surname which meant "son of Tenney", Tenney being a medieval form of DENIS. A notable bearer of the surname was British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).

DENIS   male   French, Russian, English, German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Romanian, Croatian
From Denys or Denis, the medieval French forms of DIONYSIUS. Saint Denis was a 3rd-century missionary to Gaul and the first bishop of Paris. He was martyred by decapitation, after which legend says he picked up his own severed head and walked for a distance while preaching a sermon. He is credited with converting the Gauls to Christianity and is considered the patron saint of France.

This name was common in France during the Middle Ages, and it was imported by the Normans to England. It is now regularly spelled Dennis in the English-speaking world. A notable bearer was the French philosopher Denis Diderot (1713-1784).
DIONYSIUS   male   Ancient Greek (Latinized), Biblical
Latin form of DIONYSIOS. Dionysius the Areopagite, who is mentioned in the New Testament, was a judge converted to Christianity by SaintPaul. This was also the name of many other early saints, including a 3rd-century pope.
DIONYSIOS   male   Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek personal name derived from the name of the Greek god DIONYSOS. Famous bearers include two early tyrants of Syracuse and a 1st-century BC Greek rhetorician.
DIONYSOS   male   Greek Mythology
From Greek Διος (Dios) meaning "of ZEUS" combined with NYSA, the name of the region where young Dionysos was said to have been raised. In Greek mythology Dionysos was the god of wine, revelry, fertility and dance. He was the son of Zeus and Semele.
ZEUS   male   Greek Mythology
The name of a Greek god, related to the old Indo-European god *Dyeus whose name probably meant "shine" or "sky". In Greek mythology he was the highest of the gods. After he and his siblings defeated the Titans, Zeus ruled over the earth and humankind from atop Mount Olympus. He had control over the weather and his weapon was a thunderbolt.
NYSA     Greek Mythology
Possibly from an archaic Greek word meaning "tree". In Greek mythology Nysa was the mountainous region where young Dionysos was raised.
ANCIENT GREEK: Dion, Dionysios, Dionysius
BIBLICAL: Dionysius
CZECH: Denis, Denisa
DUTCH: Denise, Dennis
ENGLISH: Den, Denice, Deniece, Denis, Denise, Dennis, Denny, Deon, Deonne, Dion, Dione, Dionne, Dwight, Dyson, Ty, Tyson
FRENCH: Denis, Denise
GERMAN: Denis, Dennis
GREEK: Dionysios
ITALIAN: Dionisio
LATE ROMAN: Dionysia
MEDIEVAL ENGLISH: Dionisia, Diot, Dye, Tenney
PORTUGUESE: Dinis, Diniz, Dionísio
ROMANIAN: Denis, Denisa, Dionisie
SLOVAK: Denis, Denisa, Dionýz
SPANISH: Dionisio