Ancient Greek, D names, Greek mythology, Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes

Dionysos

Dionysos is the name of the Greek god of the vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. He was the son of Zeus and the Theban princess Semele, making him the only god with a mortal parent and the last god to enter the Greek pantheon. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived from Nysa, the name of a mountain in which Dionysios was raised by the nymphs who lived there; the name might be related to an archaic Greek word meaning “tree”.

Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Dionysus (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Dionysios (Ancient Greek)
  • Dionisio (Italian, Spanish)
  • Dionigi (Italian)
  • Dionísio (Portuguese)
  • Dionisie (Romanian)
  • Dennis (English, German, Dutch)
  • Denis (French, Russian, English, German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Romanian, Croatian)
  • Denys (Ukrainian, English)
  • Denny (English)
  • Dennie (English)
  • Dionýz (Slovak)
  • Dénes (Hungarian)
  • Tenney (medieval English diminutive of Denis)
  • Dinis (Portuguese)
  • Diniz (Portuguese)
  • Deon (English)
  • Deion (English)
  • Dion (Ancient Greek, English short form of Dionysios)

 

Female forms:

  • Dionisia (Italian, Spanish)
  • Dionísia (Portuguese)
  • Dionysia (Late Roman)
  • Denise (English, French, Dutch)
  • Denice (English)
  • Deniece (English)
  • Denisa (Czech, Slovak, Romanian)
  • Diot (Medieval English diminutive of Dionysia)
  • Dye (Medieval English diminutive of Dionysia)

 

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