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Clouet Renee Duchess of Ferrara.jpg
Renée of France was a 16th-century French princess
Pronunciation/rəˈn/, UK also /ˈrɛn/
French: [ʁəne]
Word/nameFrench, Latin
Meaningreborn, born again
Other names
Related namesRené, Renata

Renée (without the accent in non-French speaking countries) is a French/Latin feminine given name and surname.

Renée is the female form of René, with the extra –e making it feminine according to French grammar.[1] The name Renée is the French form of the late Roman name Renatus and the meaning is reborn or born again. In medieval times, the meaning was associated with the Christian concept of being spiritually born again through baptism.[2]

Renee was among the top 100 names given to girls in the United States in the late 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s and the early 1980s.[3] It ranked as the 734th most popular name given to American girls in 2008 and is continuing to fall in popularity.[4]

Given name[edit]

  • Renee Williams (1977–2007), American woman believed to be the largest woman in the world at the time of her death
  • Renée Zellweger (born 1969), American actress

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Variants in different languages[edit]

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  1. ^ Mike Campbell. "Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Renée". Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  2. ^ "Renee - Meaning of Renee, What does Renee mean?". 1969-04-25. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  3. ^ Mike Campbell. "Popularity for Renee". Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  4. ^ "Popular Baby Names". 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-05-20.