National Dennis Day – November 21, 2022

National Dennis Day is celebrated every November 21. The day is inspired by the name Dennis which is a boy’s name of French origin that means ‘god of Nysa.’ Although it sounds Irish, Dennis is one of the most popular French names and may be traced back to Dionysius, the Greek god of alcohol and debauchery. It comes from the medieval given name Dennis, which is derived from the Greek name Dionysios and denotes a devotee of the deity Dionysius. The Normans also introduced it to England. Dennis is a Norman surname that arrived in England during the Norman Conquest of 1066.

History of National Dennis Day

The name was taken from Dionysus, the Greek deity of euphoric emotions, notably those caused by alcohol, and is claimed to be derived from the Greek Dios (of Zeus) and ‘Nysos’ or ‘Nysa’, where the young god was nurtured. The Thracian god of wine, ‘Dionysus’ or ‘Dionysos’ — also known as Bacchus in Roman mythology and related to the Italic Liber — signifies not only the intoxicating power of alcohol but also its social and beneficial aspects. He is revered as a patron deity of agriculture and the theater, as well as a promoter of civilization, a lawgiver, and a lover of peace.

Dacus was a medieval Latinized version of the Anglo-Norman surname ‘Le Denys,’ which actually meant ‘Dacian’ but was frequently corrupted to indicate ‘Danish’ or ‘The Dane’ while the Vikings were around. The name was modernized as ‘Denys,’ and eventually as Dennis. The name was hip when it was near the top of the charts in the 1940s and 1950s, but it has since fallen out of favor, owing to the diabolical Dennis the Menace.

For many English families, the political and theological turmoil in their nation made the new world’s borders an appealing promise. Thousands of people fled in overcrowded, disease-ridden ships. They came ill, impoverished, and hungry, yet in many cases, they were greeted with considerably greater potential than they had back home in England. Many of these hardy pioneers went on to make significant contributions to the developing nations where they settled, and Dennis was the most common name among these early immigrants. It marked the migration of the name Dennis to the U.S.

National Dennis Day timeline

1972
Dennis The Musician Forms a Group

Jamaican musician Rudolph "Garth" Dennis forms Black Uhuru, a Jamaican reggae group.

1973
The Launch of Dennis Publishing

Dennis Publishing is founded by Felix Dennis, an English publisher, poet, and philanthropist.

1981
The Dennis Who Formed the McLaren Group

Ron Dennis, the founder of the McLaren Group, takes over as the team principal of the McLaren Formula One team.

2018
The Dennis who got Knighthood

Peter Dennis, C.B.E., a British Brigadier with the Royal Army, is named Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

National Dennis Day FAQs

Is Dennis a rare name?

The name has been popular in France since the Middle Ages. Through the Norman influence, it finally expanded to England.

What does Dennis mean in the Bible?

While Dennis is thought to be a Christian name, it is not found in the Bible.

What is the Irish name for Dennis?

In the Old Irish Donnchad, Dunchad, an ancient and fairly popular Irish name, is still widespread across the nation but often anglicized as Denis.

National Dennis Day Activities

  1. Go camping with friends and family

    A camping trip is one of the most restorative things that you can do. Destress by spending time in nature away from technology.

  2. Skating on the ice

    Ice skating may be a great sport to attempt on your special day. Go for it be it out on the icy lake or at an indoor rink.

  3. Attend a concert

    Grab tickets to your favorite artist’s show. You could also go big and go to a music festival with many acts to jam to.

5 Fun Facts About Dennis

  1. The name has a ranking

    Dennis is the 355th most common surname in the U.S., with an estimated 77,097 people with the name.

  2. A comic strip popularized the name

    Dennis the Menace, the comic strip character, was developed in 1951 when the name was the 17th most popular male name in America.

  3. The name is now old school

    Dennis is no longer regarded as trendy and cool; it is considered outdated and is linked with the 1950s.

  4. There’s a word hidden in the name

    One item that piqued our curiosity, Dennis, is written "sinned" backward.

  5. The name was well received in 1880

    The name was originally given to 128 newborn newborns in the year 1880.

Why We Love National Dennis Day

  1. They tend to be adventurous

    An adventure is what Dennis's heart desires! Their pleasure requires freedom. Traveling, making new friends, and gaining new experiences.

  2. They are sympathetic and generous

    When people hear the name Dennis, they think of a person who is sensitive, caring, and generous. People trust them and rely on them for assistance.

  3. They prefer structure over chaos

    They prefer what works best based on the system in place. It enables them to complete tasks fast and efficiently. They are practical and prefer structure over chaos. Their determination is as strong as a rock.

National Dennis Day dates

YearDateDay
2022November 21Monday
2023November 21Tuesday
2024November 21Thursday
2025November 21Friday
2026November 21Saturday

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