Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Renee

Renée is the French form of the Late Latin Renata (masculine: Renatus) meaning “reborn”. Such given names were used by early Christians in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection or in reference to spiritual rebirth through baptism. Renée’s popularity continued through the Middle Ages, particularly in France, and used readily on either gender (René being the masculine form). English-speakers would ultimately borrow Renee from the French (dropping the accent mark over the second “e”). Renee saw a revival in popularity during the 20th century, but has since fallen from fashion in the 21st century.

All About the Baby Name – Renee

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME RENEE

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME RENEE

Americans have been naming their little girls Renee since the beginning of the 20th century. At first the name didn’t do so well but by the 1940s it became apparent that Renee was headed for the Top 100 list – an honor she finally achieved in 1959 and would hold for 20 years (until 1979). Renee’s best decade was during the 1960s when the name got as high as #62 on the charts (1967). Things started to reverse course for Renee in the 80s and 90s but it really wasn’t until we crossed the threshold into this new century that Renee really got left behind. Her drops on the charts have become more pronounced in the past several years and now this name resides near the bottom of the list. Gender-neutral and très français, Renee is still a lovely name even if her fashionable days are behind her. It’s also a great middle name since it flows so effortlessly with almost any other female name.

Quick Facts

ON RENEE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

902

PRONUNCIATION:

rә-NAY

SIMPLE MEANING:

Reborn

Characteristics

OF RENEE

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Renee

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RENEE

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

Popular Songs

ON RENEE

Walk Away Renee
a song by Vonda Shepard

Renee
a song by Lost Boyz

Famous People

NAMED RENEE

Renée Zellweger (actress)
Renée Fleming (American opera singer)
Rene Russo (actress)
Renée Estevez (actress, daughter of Martin Sheen)
Renée Doria (French opera singer)
Renée of France (royalty, daughter of Louis XII)

Children of Famous People

NAMED RENEE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Renee

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RENEE

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