August 15, 2014 § 1 Comment
From the medieval French version of “Dionysios”, derived from the name of the Greek god of wine, dance, revelry, and fertility.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Deion, Den, Denes, Denis, Denney, Denny, Denys, Deon, Dion, Dionysios, Dionysius, Tenney, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Dennis Flannigan, “the great Irish auctioneer”, a denizen of Pump Court, in “In a Rag-Bag”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).