|My Denise. I'm kind of slouched, but|
even so, you can see how much
taller than me she is. :(
Denise is also my mother-in-law's name. For the sake of clarity, Chad and I refer to them as "my Denise" and "Cliff's Denise" (Cliff being my father-in-law, in case that's not abundantly clear) when they come up in conversation. We have a handful of friends named Denise as well, complete with variations on the spelling. I had no idea when we were young that there were so many ways to spell Denise.
Baby Name Wizard says Denise is the "feminine form of Dennis, which is an English cognate of the Greek Dionysios (a follower of the god Dionysos)". There ya go, Neesee; I named you after a Greek god. You're welcome. The name peaked in popularity in the U.S. in the '60s, when it got up to 29th.
Famous Denises: Denise Richards, Denise Austin, Denise Crosby
Fictional Denises: Denise Huxtable (The Cosby Show)
My Denises: Real-life ones already covered. I don't have any Denises in my fiction, for the same "avoid family names" reason given for Billy. It's just easier that way.
Do you know any Denises? Did I miss some really obvious ones (I only list famous people I'm actually familiar with)?