René Moore is an American singer-songwriter and producer, and is more memorable musically for hits he produced with his soul co-singer Angela Winbush as part of René & Angela, including "I'll Be Good," "Save Your Love," "Your Smile," and "You Don't Have to Cry".
liyahaa  11/25/2020
Aramis' (one of Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers) full name was René d'Herblay.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2017
René Lévesque (1922-1987) was a Canadian reporter and politician who served as the 23rd Premier of Quebec from 1976 to 1985. He is the founder of the Parti Québécois political party.
Maxine J. Rolland  1/27/2017
René Lego (1764-1794) is a Catholic martyr. He was a priest in Angers, France who was killed with his brother, Jean-Baptiste, during the French Revolution. He was canonized on February 19, 1984 by Pope John Paul II. His feast date is January 1.
glassmidnight  7/10/2016
You listed the pronunciation for this name as "rə-NE". But according to your pronunciation guide/key, the 'E' in the second part is pronounced the same as the 'e' in English words like "bet" and "care":

That would be wrong, as the 'E' in the second part of René is closer to English 'ay' (in words like "bay" and "clay").

Also compare this with other French names like Gervais, where you also listed this 'E' (but correctly so). In doing so, it is implied that the French 'é' is exactly the same in sound as '-ais', which it is not. Perhaps compare these sound bytes:

- René: (scroll down for the French pronunciation)
- Gervais:
- Servais:

As such, you might perhaps want to review the pronunciations listed for all French names ending in -é and -ée.
Lucille  4/7/2016
I am a female named Rene. My father insists on Rene' but it gets confusing because... I am female, many government cites/agencies will not add the ' so I get a lot of "you do not exist stuff" if I add the '. I tell him I do not know if I am male or female and neither does anyone else. I am going to legally change my name to Renee asap.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2015
If I ever have a son, this will be his name: it's strong, but sophisticated, and while it's relatively uncommon, it isn't overly trendy.
luckyduck  5/9/2015
René is a real under-appreciated gem. It's sophisticated, intelligent, wholesome, serious, classic, delicate (but not at all effeminate), and has a great meaning also. René Descartes is a great, great connotation to have with his philosophical and intellectual brilliance. Thinking about it, René may actually be the "Anti-Jayden", as everything Jayden fails to be is found in René. I beg parents to use this wonderful name once more.
Ali Hassan  1/6/2015
I am a guy and my name is Rene, but here in the states people pronounce it as Renee. No I'm not French but my parents are from Canada. In Canada they know the difference between Rene and Renee. I got tired of my name being mis-pronounced and changed it to Ren.
Ren-Smith  8/16/2014
Rare nowadays cause old fashioned.
luxsword  4/28/2014
The name René was quite popular in France from about 1900 to 1960, but its popularity began to decline in the 70's. It was the 6th most popular name given to boys in the 20th century, but it is now very uncommonly given to baby boys.
bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
Rene is masculine, Renee is feminine. Pure and simple. Of course, in the US, sometimes we seem to forget the customs of other countries where the names we use originate, and end up using them incorrectly, completely oblivious that we are doing so. It's irritating that there are girls named Rene, because all you had to do was add one more e and it would be totally fine! My middle name is Renee and I'm so glad it's the feminine spelling. It's sad that there are boys and men named Rene who get teased because they have a 'girl' name. It's a unisex name (unlike some names they would probably consider unisex, like Madison or Avery) and you have to usnderatand that not everyone speaks English. We borrowed the name from the French language, and it can be either masculine or feminine, depending on the spelling. I wish more people knew that. Personally, I think the name sounds more feminine, and when you spell it Renee it's a really nice name :) but Rene for a guy is okay too.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2013
Signifies 'reborn' or 'born again'. The female form is Renée.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2013
Rene (spelled this way) is also used as a male name in Croatia.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2013
René Descartes (1596–1650) was a famous French mathematician and Rationalist philosopher, best known for the statement, "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am).
auffie  4/23/2013
Actually, I've seen this used for both genders. I had no idea Rene was masculine.
EstherTester  2/3/2013
I know a few girls named Rene (no boys). I like it as a middle name. :)
foreverslowly  7/10/2012
This name is okay, but it's not really my style. I can't stand when people use this name on girls. Leave this as a masculine name and use Renée (the proper feminine spelling) on girls instead.
bananarama  4/8/2010
Rene Auberjonois is an actor with a long list of both acting and voice credits including Clayton Endicott III on "Benson", Odo on "Deep Space Nine", and Chef Louie in Disney's "The Little Mermaid".
gala  1/15/2010
Don't forget Rene Magritte, the Belgian artist who created those famous paintings of people with their faces covered--especially the one with the green apple (possibly a self-portrait). He did so because his mother drowned and when they pulled her out of the water, her face was covered in her clothing.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2009
René Strickler is an Argentine-Mexican actor. Very handsome too. =D
Elianita  12/15/2008
I like this name; why don't I ever hear this for a guy? I hear Renee (sorry I don't know how to put the little accent on the 'e') for a girl, but I've yet to meet a guy with this name. I have a female cousin with this name.

And as far as confusion goes; I can see where people would think it's a guy/girl name when spoken, but it's quite easy really when you stop and think about the spelling: Think about Fiance(male) Fiancee(female). Yeah I know how annoying that can be, though. I get ridiculed or threatened because my real name is a guy's (no offense to you guys), and there is no other way to spell my name and even if there was, when spoken people will automatically think "guy's name"!
_0TophasNails_1  12/13/2008
In Germany, this is one of the French names that are generally associated with lower-class people, it's a bit trashy, so to say. Same with, e.g., the female names Michelle, Jacqueline.
LoQuiero  12/13/2008
Spanish male name. Pronounced Reh-neh.
PutaGuera  12/3/2008
René is also used in Spanish. It's pronounced Reh-neh.
JackieJack  8/4/2008
Used in Spanish and French as a male name. Reh-neh, Reh-nae.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2008
From antiquity (at least Roman times), there was a custom to consider the recovery of a baby born blue (asphyxiated), almost like a miracle. It was considered like a second birth. From there the name Renatus (reborn). This custom existed through all Europe, and the name was adapted to many languages.
In French: The participle of naitre (to born) is né (masculin) and née (femenin). From there René and Renée.
In Italian: Nascere (to born), nato (mas.) and nata (fem.) From there Renato and Renata.
In Spanish: Nacer (to born), nato and nata as in Italian.
Also Renato and Renata. (In USA née is used only in the obituaries for the maiden name of a deceased lady.)
renelaude  6/24/2008
In the manga for Ouran High School Host Club, Tamaki was called René Tamaki Richard Grantaine while he lived in France.
Wulfi-chan  5/30/2008
Singer/Actress Sherie René Scott.
i-heart-me  5/27/2008
I love this name--it gives me an impression of a wise, kind, and patient little boy (as I HATE this name on girls). I think it would mature very well.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2008
René (pronounced Reh-neh) is also used in Spanish as a male name. La Rana René is the Mexican version of Kermit the Frog.
BornOnRoshHashanah  3/1/2008
I really love the flow of this name. I want this to be my son's middle name.
Delicious_Panda  1/30/2008
My dad's name is Rene' and there are not many people here [the Netherlands] called Rene'. It really fits him, but I don't really like the name itself.
Mango  7/17/2007
It´s also the Czech and Slovak form. Name Day: 28th November. [noted -ed]
Pet forms: Reny, Rendy, Renek.
Karcoolka  6/29/2007
Another famous René was the French WWI Ace René Fonck. He was the highest scoring Allied Ace during World War One with 75 kills.

As for myself it's funny getting all sorts of Beauty Pageants and stuff in the mail for Miss Renee. Maybe if they got the spelling right they would get the gender right.
ReneJr  6/21/2007
Some people don't seem to be able to understand this name. My name is Renee (the feminine version of Rene) and people always told me that it's a boy's name. I always went out of my way to make them understand that Rene is a French name and that the extra e at the end makes it feminine. Still, at least I have something to talk about when it comes to my name. I would never want to have a boring name like John or Mike or something. There's no confusion possible and that's no fun.
renee06  6/8/2007
René Slováčková amd René Steinke are famous bearers.
Maggie_Simpson  8/4/2006
Michelle Rene Thomas, who starred in the television show "Little Men", is a famous (female) bearer of the name, as a middle name.
Diamante04  6/28/2006
This is definitely a girls' name. My cousin, a very sweet little girl, has this name, and I have never met a guy with this name.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2006
In Switzerland, if it's a girl, René is spelled Renée.
swisssugar  5/19/2006
A famous bearer was Dr. René Favaloro (1923-2000), cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. He developed the technique of the aorto-coronary by-pass.
Acquarella  4/20/2006
Being called Rene has made me something different from my peers. It's made me stand out with an air of being unique and really drove home to me 'what's in a name?'. You don't choose it, you're given it! Some people find that hard to understand. That's their problem. "There is no excellent beauty without some strangeness to the proportion."
Rene. A. Gregory  3/28/2006
I have seen a girl spell Renee as Rene. There is also a girl with the middle name Renee and spells it Rene. I just found out that that is a masculine way of spelling Renee.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2006
Actress Rene Russo is a famous (female) bearer.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2006
René Lacoste was a famous French tennis player, businessman, and innovator, nicknamed "the crocodile" by fans; he is now mostly known as being the namesake of the Lacoste tennis shirt, which he introduced in 1929.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2005
As the previous entry, I am a male with the name Rene'. Likewise, I always heard that it was a girl's name. I always corrected those people & informed them that as my name is spelled, it is the male version. Rene' 'originally' is a male name, able to be seen when researching the history of the name. As Rene' is French (my familial decent is such), my middle name is Michael (since French, the "proper" pronunciation is like the name Michelle). With that, I defiantely was told I had a girls name! In those instances, I would apologize to the commenter for not being familiar with the French culture. It always made them "put their foot in their mouth". I like my name. Where I currently live (South Dakota), finding a guy named Rene' simply doesn't happen. I enjoy the "uniqueness" and being able to show certain knowledge-lacking "mid-westerners", something they were previously ignorant to.
ajoenz  12/26/2005
Rene is how my mom's name is spelled, and she hates that her mom didn't know how to spell it in the feminine form. If it had been me, I just would have changed the spelling myself.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Rene is French for re-born.
breakofday  12/16/2005
The Polish day for Rene is October 18, which is kind of wierd because my son's name is Rene and that is his birthday!
sweetpealbc  12/16/2005
G'day, I'm from Australia, and I am a guy with the name Rene'. But my name is spelt Reyne, which I think is cool, it's so different. All through school and sports I've been teased that it's a girls' name. I have never met a guy here before with the name Rene', and I'll never meet anyone with the same spelling. I feel privileged to have a one off name.
kinkdogg  11/1/2005

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