Discussion in 'English Only' started by murciana, May 18, 2010.
Maybe a silly question but, is Denis a male or a female proper name?
It can be either, but usually "Dennis" (two ns) is a boy and "Denise" (final e as in French) is a girl.
Male. Denis is the French spelling. In the US, it is usually spelled Dennis.
Thanks. Since it is from someone from Ireland, shoul I assume it is a man's name then?
That's certainly what I would assume, murciana
It is best always to check with the individual. "Brooke" used to be a fine male name, but then Brooke Sheilds absconded with the name and it is now more often (in the USA) a woman's name.
To avoid embarrassment, it is always best to ask.
To me, in the USA, "Denis" could go either way and I would say, "Denis--a man's name or a woman's?" And then wait for a reply.
Yes, if you 'Google image' Denis at .ie (Irish) web-sites, the pictures that come up are overwhelmingly of men.
Thanks to you all for your comments, very helpful!
Denis is usually spelled with one 'n' in Ireland and is a man's name (although now that I think of it there is Dennis Taylor...).
Separate names with a comma.