Tennis name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tennis mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tennis

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ten"nis
A play in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racket or with the open hand.

Etymology: OE. tennes tenies tenyse; of uncertain origin, perhaps fr. F. tenez hold or take it, fr. tenir to hold (see Tenable)

verb Ten"nis
To drive backward and forward, as a ball in playing tennis.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court

Old French tenez, second-person imperative of tenir (“hold”).

  1. (sports) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquets.
  2. (dated) A match in this sport.
  3. (obsolete) An earlier game in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racquet or with the open hand.

tennis was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Tennis

Notable Persons Named Tennis

Tennis Krishna

Tennis Krishna is an actor. Tennis was born in 1949.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tennis

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tennis

Cary D. Tennis

Cary D. Tennis is a columnist writer. His career lasted from 2001 to 2013. Cary was born on September 11th, 1953.

Gary Tennis

Gary Tennis is a Secretary of Drug, Alcohol Programs of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Drug, and Alcohol Programs.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tennis U.S.
  White 93.52% 64.26%
  African American 1.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.38% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.76% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tennis

People with the last name Tennis are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Tennis

  • How Popular is the name Tennis? Tennis is the 27,535th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tennis was the 17,789th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tennis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 202 babies born with the first name Tennis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tennis to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tennis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Tennis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tennis is Sunday, December 30th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Tennis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tennis was in 1926 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Random Tennis Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tennis is not a popular baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, only 7 babies in West Virginia have the same name in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Tennis: The name spelled backwards is Sinnet. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Inestn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tennis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,574 people with the last name Tennis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tennis? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tennis as their last name since less than 1 person in 189k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Tennis name meaning

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