Boy name origins & meanings
- English : Place name: Van Nuys, California
Family name origins & meanings
- North German and Dutch : from a reduced form of the personal name Dionys (see Dennis), which was stressed on the last syllable; this was a popular personal name as a result of the influence of the French Saint Denis.
- North German and Dutch : possibly in some cases from the female personal name Agnes, also a saint’s name, in the form of Agnise.