Quick Facts on Denzel
- African-American, Celtic
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Characteristics of Denzel
Etymology & Historical Origin - Denzel
Denzel is a rather obscure given name popularized by the highly talented African-American actor Denzel Washington who burst onto the Hollywood scene in the late 1980s. Apparently the actor was named after his father, but it’s uncertain from where his father received the name. We do know that the name originated from a place name, Denzell, in Cornwall, England, which itself was taken from a surname. The Cornwall estates known as Denzell Manor (located near Newquay) were so named after the Denzell family who became extinct in the male line on the death of John Denzel (d. 1535). John Denzel – who served as the legal expert/attorney to Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England (the wife of King Henry VII and mother of King Henry VIII) – left his vast estates to his two daughters, and through marriage, The Denzell Manor passed in part to the Holles family who perpetuated Denzel or Denzil as a given name in honor of their ancestor. Located in the southwestern most tip of England, Cornwall is considered one of the Six Celtic Nations (along with Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Brittany), and the Cornish language is Celtic-Brythonic (rather than Celtic-Gaelic) which is more closely related to Welsh rather than Irish or Scottish-Gaelic. Denzell is thus believed to be derived from an ancient Cornish word meaning “high stronghold” or “hilltop fortress” (although no one knows for certain).
Popularity of the Name Denzel
In March of 1990, a young, handsome actor by the name of Denzel Washington won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work on the Civil War movie “Glory” (1989). In that same year, the given name Denzel hit the U.S. male naming charts for the first time ever. Coincidence? We think not. Not only that, but Denzel debuted on America’s list of Top 1000 baby boy names at position #444 (which is a very impressive first time appearance). It just goes to show you how many people were inspired by the actor and his unusual name. Denzel Washington’s career continued to flourish throughout the 1990s and early 2000s and his name pretty much went along for the ride (especially among African-Americans). As a given name, Denzel’s best year came in 1993 when he achieved position #310 out of 1000 on the charts. Today, however, the name is barely hanging on to the charts. It’s a cool sounding name, and now one that is rarely used. It’s both different and dignified.
Popularity of the Boy Name Denzel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Denzel
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Denzel
Denzel We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Denzel.
Popular Songs on Denzel
Denzel - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Denzel.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Denzel
Denzel Washington (Stephen Feinstein) - From the African-American Heroes series. When Denzel Washington first went to college, he hoped to become a doctor. But he soon found he liked drama better than his science classes. This easy biography shows how Washington became one of the best-known movie actors in America, eventually winning two Academy Awards. Colorful illustrations, lively layout, and accessible vocabulary make the book ideal for early independent readers and useful for beginning reports. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Denzel
Famous People Named Denzel - Denzel Washington (actor); Denzil Best (jazz musician)
Children of Famous People Named Denzel
Famous People Who Named Their Son Denzel - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Denzel.
Denzel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Denzel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Denzel.
Personality of the Boy Name Denzel
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Denzel