Even one-syllable unisex names can be SO elegant and simple. I really like this name for both a BOY and a GIRL. FOR a girl, it could make a nice variant of WREN. This IS one of the few JAPANESE name that has been universally accepted all over. Definitely a GREAT, SIMPLE and CUTE name for ME! ❤️

I think it can also be a brilliant diminutive of names such as DARREN, AARON, CLARENCE, FLORENCE, KERENSA and many others. I'm surprised that there aren't many comments telling how BEAUTIFUL this gender-neutral name is!

BTW, REN can also be used as a SURNAME.
LionB3  5/29/2020
In The Tailor of Enbizaka novel, one of the main character's son's name is Ren. Kokutan-douji later used the name "Ren" while talking to the titular tailor.
Lalun  3/25/2020
The protagonist of Persona 5, shares the same name, Ren Amamiya.
dropob  7/4/2019
Nuest Ren.
Nuareliren  11/17/2018
Kaidou Ren (海棠 零) is a character from Shounen-Ai anime and (yaoi) manga 'Super Lovers'.
RenKanto  4/14/2018
Ren Ozawa (小澤 廉 Ozawa Ren) is an actor who's famous for his roles in Dansui! And Kamen Rider Gaim. He is mostly known as a stage actor.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2018
Ren is the youngest member of Kpop boy group Nuest.
Luvbug86  2/24/2018
Renn Kiriyama is a Japanese stage and television actor from Yokohama. His debut role was as Bunta Marui in The Prince of Tennis musical Absolute King Rikkai feat. Rokkaku ~ First Service. Kiriyama is also known for his role in Shotaro Hidari, the male lead and half of the eponymous hero of the television series Kamen Rider W.
cutenose  3/11/2017
Ren Nakata is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays pitcher for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.
cutenose  2/28/2017
Ren Hayakawa is a Japanese female archer. She had South Korean citizenship and was an athlete in archery, where South Korea has dominated since the 1980s. After her immigration to Japan with family, she was naturalized as a Japanese citizen. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she won a bronze medal for Japan in the women's team event. She then went on to reach the last 16 of the individual event of the same Olympics, where she was eliminated by the eventual gold medalist Ki Bo-Bae.
lilolaf  2/3/2017
In the new show "Heroes Reborn," Ren is the name of the Japanese gamer who supports one of the main characters, Miko/ Katana Girl, who has the power to fight like a samurai and transport into a video game called Evernow. Ren is the number one gamer of Evernow, finds Miko, and travels across the world with her to help her battle the bad guys, in and out of the game.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2015
This name sounds feminine.
cutenose  12/2/2015
I never expected the name Ren to mean this in Japanese! I adore the name Ren. It's simple yet elegant. This is one of my fave Japanese names. :)
― Anonymous User  1/2/2015
In Welsh the name Ren means Ruler. In English it can mean Raven and in Latin it means Born again: Rebirth.
There are many different meanings of Ren as well as different places people think the name originated from.
TheOneFromTheForest  8/27/2014
Ren has been used as a short form of Reginald in Southern England.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2014
I'm a female Ren and my family/friends use it as a short form of my full name, Karen : ) I love it : )
CurlySongbird  1/3/2012
Ren means 'clean' in Norwegian.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2010
I call my friend Lauren, Ren. It's a cool nickname.
italiannames  11/29/2009
Ren can also be used as a short form of Lawrence.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2008
Kind of ironic how Ren the Chihuahua in Ren and Stimpy is everything but loving.

But I think this is a nice name, not too short and simple to the point of boredom. And of course I love flowers or anything flowery.
_0TophasNails_1  11/12/2008
Ren is the name of one of Ai's assistants in the anime, manga, and Japanese TV drama Hell Girl. He is so awesome. =D
MisquotedWarrior  9/7/2008
Can be a nickname for Renata.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2008
Very nice. It can also be a pet form of Karen.
Mackenzie Rudd  6/12/2008
I know someone called Renn but (as you can see) she spells it with two 'N's.
Polly.C  9/5/2007
Another character pronounced "Ren" is a name meaning "link."
Dray  8/2/2007
Ren is also the name of two characters from the Kagetsu Toya and Melty Blood series by TYPE-MOON, Ren and White Ren.
Tsuki  7/23/2007
Ren Stevens was the name of the older sister on the classic popular Disney Channel Series, "Even Stevens." She was played by Christy Carleson Ramano.
emc  7/9/2007
It's already been said, but the first person I think of when I hear the name "Ren" is Ren McCormick from the famous Broadway play and movie "Footloose."

(Exchange from Broadway Play, during song "On Any Sunday", between Ren and Rev. Moore)

"This morning we welcome to our parish two new souls, just arrived from Chicago! Ethel McCormick, and her son. Ron is it?"

(mumbled) "Ren."

"Hm? Speak up, let the Lord hear your voice!"

"Ren! Ren McCormick."

"Ren, interesting name. Is it short for something?"

(curtly) "No."
Irish Pearl  2/19/2007
The name Ren is also used by the main female character in the Japanese Manga DearS. It is an abbreviation of her true name, which is Ren Ren Ren Nagusaran Rensia Roroonren Nakora. In the DearS language, Ren means "zero" or "nothing". She is very beautiful and sweet, so I like it very much.
karasuko7  2/5/2007
It can also be used as a shortened version of Lauren.
Surreal  12/25/2006
In the United States, I've seen this name used as a short form of the name Lauren.
Lena Is A Secret  11/22/2006
Ren is the Japanese name of Len from the anime Shaman King. This is because, in some cases, the letters R and L are interchangable in Japanese.
DarkShizuka  4/18/2006
This is the name of the pessimisstic Chiwawa in "The Ren and Stimpy Show" and "The Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon".
Lakota_so_italian  1/13/2006
Must be a more recent trend if it's way up there for boys because I never met any just plain "Ren"s in Japan of either gender. Though there was a Karen, which is pretty rare in Japanese.
abbasdaughter  12/27/2005
Ren is also used as a male short form of Warren.
krmnky  12/3/2005
Hehe, this name doesn't suit the Ren from "Ren and Stimpy". It can also be short for Renee.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2005
In 2002 Ren ranked number 4 for BOYS in Japan. It is not uncommon there.
― Anonymous User  9/8/2005
Ren means "lotus" and not "water lily".
serendipity  5/28/2005
In Confucianism, Ren is the summation of human virtues; it's the inner cultivation of conscience and character. The Analects is the earliest Chinese text that stresses the concept of Ren, which has been translated as “benevolence,” “humaneness,” or simply “goodness.”
serendipity  5/28/2005
This was the name of Ren McCormack, Kevin Bacon's character in the movie Footloose. (Note: in this instance, "Ren" was a male name.)
FreedomsPaladin  5/17/2005

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