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The DENNIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 74,784 384 0.028 277
United States (1880 census) 16,751 332 0.034 335
Change since 1880 +58033 -52 -0.006 -58
Other Countries
Australia 4,170 356 0.026 255
United Kingdom 12,874 459 0.028 280
Top States for DENNIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,630 434 0.027 270
California 5,148 623 0.015 152
Florida 4,806 374 0.030 301
Ohio 4,154 277 0.037 366
New York 3,517 457 0.019 185
Top States for DENNIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 530 188 0.068 676
South Carolina 2,240 257 0.056 558
Alabama 2,421 279 0.054 544
Oklahoma 1,497 274 0.043 434
Georgia 3,429 279 0.042 419


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called DENNIS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called DENNIS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called DENNIS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a DENNIS by picking someone at random in Delaware than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of DENNIS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the DENNIS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the DENNIS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of DENNIS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 538 0.72
Asian/Pacific 329 0.44
White (Caucasian) 51,227 68.5
Black/African American 19,810 26.49
Mixed Race 1,369 1.83
White (Hispanic) 1,518 2.03

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the DENNIS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of DENNIS in historical publications

DENNIS. DENIS. A baptismal name : the patron saint of France. Sometimes, however, as Ferguson observes, it may be from the A.-Sax. Denisca, Danish, and this is confirmed by the Le Deneys of the H.R.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to DENNIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DENNIS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for DENNIS

The following words are slight variants of DENNIS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.