Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Rene

René is a French masculine name from the Latin Renatus meaning “reborn”. Such given names were used by early Christians in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection or in reference to spiritual rebirth through baptism. René and Renée both became popularized in medieval France and usage had continued to this day. René is also the masculine form of this name among Germans, Spanish and some Slavs. Two of the most notable name bearers are the French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) known as “The Father of Modern Philosophy” and Belgian surrealist René Magritte (1898-1967) most famous for his “The Son of Man” self-portrait where a green apple is suspended in front of his face.

All About the Baby Name – Rene

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME RENE

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME RENE

We often hear about how the masculine René is pronounced just like the feminine Renee, and is therefore often mistaken as a girl’s name. Well, so what? Don’t worry, René is a bonafide male name and very French. The French don’t have the same gender-confused fears we Americans do, so maybe this isn’t a name for everyone. But we find it unique and refreshing. René’s usage actually dates back to 1881 in the United States and experienced respectable usage throughout the 20th century. His best years on the charts were mainly during the 1960s during which time René was often on the Top 100 lists in the states of Texas, Arizona, New Hampshire and Vermont. In reference to the first two states mentioned, René was being used among Spanish-speakers. For the latter two states, which happen to border French-speaking Quebec, René’s influence was primarily French. René is a “cosmopolitan” name reserved for the distinctive parent not threatened by his “female” pronunciation. René is a name with class and confidence.

Quick Facts

ON RENE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

772

PRONUNCIATION:

rə-NAY

SIMPLE MEANING:

Reborn

Characteristics

OF RENE

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Rene

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RENE

Popular Songs

ON RENE

Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War
a song by Paul Simon

Rene
a song by The Small Faces

Ode to Rene
a song by Ween

Famous People

NAMED RENE

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Children of Famous People

NAMED RENE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RENE

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