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Quick Facts on Rene

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 772
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Rene

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rene
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rene

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rene

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rene

    René We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name René.

  • Popular Songs on Rene

    Popular Songs on Rene

    Ode to Rene - a song by Ween

    Rene - a song by The Small Faces

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rene

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rene

    I Am René, the Boy (René Colato Lainez) - Young René’s teacher is calling role one morning, and René is dismayed to hear someone else answer to his name. It’s not only that he thought he was the only person with that name, but also that the new student who answers is a girl. That afternoon his classmates tease, "René has a girl’s name." After discussing it with Mamá and Papá, René decides, "My name is so beautiful that a girl copied it from me," not the other way around. But the next day the new girl sits next to him…is behind him every time they line up…shares her apple with him…and at recess tells him she wants to be his best friend…everywhere he turns, there’s René the girl. One day at the library, René discovers a book called The Meaning of Names. With the book tucked under his arm, René endeavors to win the first writing contest of the school year. Complimented by playful illustrations, this bilingual picture book follows Colato Laínez’s own experiences, when he was faced with a challenge to his own name as a child. This witty story about a young boy’s odyssey to find out the meaning of his name will challenge readers to chart cross-cultural differences by gaining an understanding about themselves and the people around them. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    René Has Two Last Names (Rene Colato Lainez) - ''On the first day at my new school, my teacher, Miss Soria, gave me a sticker that said René Colato. The sticker was missing my second last name. Maybe Miss Soria's pen ran out of ink. I took my pencil and added it. Now it looked right: René Colato Lainez.'' Young René is from El Salvador, and he doesn't understand why his name has to be different in the United States. When he writes Colato, he sees his paternal grandparents, Rene and Amelia. When he writes Lainez, he sees his maternal grandparents, Angela and Julio. Without his second ''like a hamburger without the meat or a pizza without cheese or a hot dog without a wiener.'' His new classmates giggle when René tells them his name. ''That's a long dinosaur name,'' one says. ''Your name is longer than an anaconda,'' another laughs. But René doesn't want to lose the part of him that comes from his mother's family. So when the students are given a project to create a family tree, René is determined to explain the importance of using both of his last names. On the day of his presentation, René explains that he is as hard working as Abuelo René, who is a farmer, and as creative as his Abuela Amelia, who is a potter. He can tell stories like his Abuelo Julio and enjoys music like his Abuela Angela. This charming bilingual picture book for children combines the winning team of author René Colato Lainez and illustrator Fabiola Graullera Ramirez, and follows their award-winning collaboration, I Am René, the Boy / Soy René, el nino. With whimsical illustrations and entertaining text, this sequel is sure to please fans and gain many new ones while explaining an important Hispanic cultural tradition. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    René Magritte: Now You See It--Now You Don't (Angela Wenzel) - In his art Magritte depicts everyday objects from a new perspective; nothing he creates turns out quite the way we expect. A stone floats weightlessly in the air, a landscape dissolves into fragments, a seagull wears a dress made of summer clouds and a locomotive steams out of a fireplace. This book introduces children to Magritte's crazy, topsy-turvy world full of riddles and secrets and to the concept of seeing everyday things differently. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Rene

    Famous People Named Rene

    Famous People Named René - René Descartes (French philosopher); René Magritte (artist); René Auberjonois (actor); René Primevère Lesson (French doctor and naturalist); René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (French explorer); René Cassin (Nobel Peace Prize Winner); René Lévesque (Canadian politician); René Arnoux (French race car driver); René Angélil (Céline Dion's husband); René Lacoste (French tennis player); René Favaloro (notable heart doctor); Rene Russo (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rene

    Children of Famous People Named Rene

    Famous People Who Named Their Son René - Céline Dion (singer)

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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rene

  • No Variations Found.
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