Denis, is a male or female name?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by murciana, May 18, 2010.

  1. murciana

    murciana Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Maybe a silly question but, is Denis a male or a female proper name?

    Thanks
     
  2. Forero Senior Member

    Houston, Texas, USA
    USA English
    It can be either, but usually "Dennis" (two ns) is a boy and "Denise" (final e as in French) is a girl.
     
  3. IParleFrench Senior Member

    Chicago
    English - USA
    Male. Denis is the French spelling. In the US, it is usually spelled Dennis.
     
  4. murciana

    murciana Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Thanks. Since it is from someone from Ireland, shoul I assume it is a man's name then?
     
  5. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    That's certainly what I would assume, murciana:)
     
  6. murciana

    murciana Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Million thanks!
     
  7. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    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.
     
  8. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    Yes, if you 'Google image' Denis at .ie (Irish) web-sites, the pictures that come up are overwhelmingly of men.
     
  9. murciana

    murciana Senior Member

    Spain
    Spanish - Spain
    Thanks to you all for your comments, very helpful!
     
  10. pickarooney

    pickarooney Senior Member

    Provence, France
    English (Ireland)
    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...).
     

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