René, Renée

René is the French form of Renatus, a Late Roman name meaning “born again” or “reborn” deriving from Latin nascor (born; begotten) from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce, beget, to give birth). René is the traditional masculine name used in French while Renée is the feminine form of the name, however in English-speaking countries René is used for both males and females. Rene is also a surname originating from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Rene (English)
  • Renee (English)
  • Renata (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Slovene, Late Roman)
  • Renate (German, Dutch, Norwegian)
  • Renáta (Hungarian, Czech, Slovak)
  • Renia (Polish)
  • Rena (English)
  • Renae (English)


Male forms:

  • Renato (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian)
  • Renatus (Late Roman)
  • Rinat (Bashkir, Tatar)
  • Renat (Russian)


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