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René - Meaning of René

What does René mean?

Meaning of the name RenéRenéRonaldRenieRenellRenatusReynoldRennayRenelleRennRenReneRanaeReniRenneeRenatRenatoRennyRenayRanayRenayeRenateRennieRenneReneeRrenaeRenaeRané

[ 2 syll. re-n ] The baby boy name René is also used as a girl name. It is pronounced in French as Rah-NEY †. René is used chiefly in the French language, and it is derived from Latin and Germanic origins. From Latin roots, its meaning is born again; rebirth. A biblical name, it is derived from the element 'renatus' which means reborn. Renatus (Latin) is an original form of René. The name was in medieval times associated with the Christian concept of being born again into a new spiritual life through baptism. It was consequently taken up by the early Christians and was borne by various saints such as the missionary, Saint René Goupil (1608-1642). The name was also borne by the influential French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650).

In addition, René is a variant of the name Reynold (English) in the French language.

The name Renée (English and French) is the female form of René.

The name René is used to a great extent; it has 24 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Ranae, Ranay, Rané, Ren, Renae, Renat, Renate, Renatus, Renay, Renaye, Renee, Renell, Renelle, Reni, Renie, Renn, Rennay, Renne, Rennee, Rennie, and Rrenae. The pet form Renny is another English variant. Renato (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish) and Rene (German and Slavic) are foreign variants of René.


See also the related categories, life, medieval, influential (powerful), christian (missionary), philosopher (scholar), biblical, saints (catholic), french, and germanic (german).

René is not regularly used as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names. In 2016, among the group of boy names directly linked to René, Rene was the most commonly used.

Baby names that sound like René include Ra'shawn, Raaheim, Rachan, Rachem, Rachim, Rachin, Rachum, Rachym, Radzim, Raegan, Raegon, Raegyn, Raejin, Raekwan, Raekwon, Raekwonn, Raeshaun, Raeshawn, Raheam, and Raheim.

† Pronunciation for René: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"

Details of famous persons named René:
Actor René Auberjonois, born 1 June 1940, New York, New York.
Philosopher René Descartes, born 31 March 1596 - 11 February 1650, La Haye, France.


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