Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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).

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE BOY 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.

Quick Facts

ON DENZEL

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

983

PRONUNCIATION:

den-ZEL

SIMPLE MEANING:

High stronghold

Characteristics

OF DENZEL

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Denzel

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DENZEL

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Denzel

Popular Songs

ON DENZEL

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Famous People

NAMED DENZEL

Denzel Washington (actor)
Denzil Best (jazz musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DENZEL

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DENZEL

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Denzel