Usage: Rene is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Rene are in general originating from Estonia, France, Germany, South Africa, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Rene across the world, see René.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 6.
The name Rene is ranked on the 547th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 497100 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.016% of the population.
The name Rene has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Rene for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
René (born again or reborn in French) is a common first name in both French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries. It derives from the Latin name Renatus. René is originally only a masculine name (Renée being the feminine form). But in some non-Francophone countries, there exists the habit of giving the name René (sometimes spelled without an accent) not only to boys but also to girls. In addition, both forms are used as surnames (family names), probably as a patronymic.
René as a first name given to boys in the United States reached its peaks in popularity in 1969 and 1983 when it ranked 256th. Since 1983 its popularity has been continuously in decline and it ranked 742nd in 2012. René as a first name given to girls in the United States reached its peak in popularity in 1962 when it ranked 306th. Since then its popularity has been continuously declining and since 1989 it has not been among the top 1000 names given to American girls anymore.
French: from the Late Latin name Renātus ‘reborn’, used by early Christians as a baptismal name celebrating spiritual rebirth in Christ. The feminine form is generally commoner than the masculine, especially in Britain.
Cognates: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese: Renato. Catalan: Renat.
Feminine forms: French and English: Renée. Italian, English, German, Polish, and Czech: Renata. German: Renate.
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