, the medieval French forms of DIONYSIUS
Denis was a 3rd-century missionary to Gaul who was beheaded in Paris. 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).