[ 2 syll. de-ni-se, den-ise ] The baby girl name Denise is pronounced Dah-NIYS in English or Deh-NIYZ in French †. Denise has its origins in the Old Greek language. It is used largely in English, French, and German. The name Denise means 'follower of Dionysos'. The name was first adopted by English speakers in the early 20th century. Denise is the feminine form of the Dutch, English, French, and German Dennis.
The name Denise is used to a great extent; it has 40 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Danise, Daniska, Denece, Deneice, Deneigh, Deneise, Deney, Deniese, Denis, Denisa (used in Czech, Romanian, Slavic, and Spanish too), Denisha, Denissa, Denize, Dennet, Dennette, Dennie, Denyce, Deyse, Dinni, Dinnie, Dinny, Dione, Dionne, Dionysia, Neci, Niecy, and Venise. Other English forms include the diminutives Deni, Denni, and Denny, and the spelling variants Danice, Denese, Denice, Deniece, Denisse, Dennise, Denys, and Denyse. Forms used in foreign languages include Deniz (Turkish) and Dionisiya (Russian).
Denise is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1964, 0.752% of baby girls were named Denise. It had a ranking of #25 then. The baby name has seen a substantial decline in popularity since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale today. Within all girl names in its family, Denise was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Denise include Denisse, Deniz, Daena, Daeshauna, Daeshawna, Daeshawntia, Daeshona, Dahna, Daina, Dama, Damice, Dana, Danah, Danas, Danays, Danice, Danique, Danise, Danja, and Danka.
† Pronunciation for Denise: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"
Details of famous persons named Denise:
Model Denise Richards, born 17 February 1971, Downer's Grove, Illinois.
Poet Denise Levertov, born 24 October 1923 - 20 December 1997, Ilford, Essex, England.