DENISE (f) Feminine form of DENIS DENIS (m) Medieval form of DIONYSIUS. Saint Denis was a 3rd-century missionary to Gaul who was beheaded in Paris. He is the patron saint of France. Another notable bearer was the French philosopher Denis Diderot. DIONYSIUS (m) Latin form of DIONYSIOS. This was the name of several early saints including a 3rd-century pope. DIONYSIOS (m) 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 (m) From Greek Dios meaning "of Zeus" combined with Nysa, the name of a legendary mountain. In Greek mythology Dionysos was the god of wine, revelry, fertility and dance. He was the son of Zeus and Semele.
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