Renée (often spelled without the accent in non-French speaking countries) is a French feminine first name.
Renée is the female form of
René, with the extra –e making it feminine according to French grammar. The name René is the French form of the late [1 ] 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. It ranked as the 734th most popular name given to American girls in 2008 and is continuing to fall in popularity. [3 ] [4 ] Given name [edit ] Renée and Renato, British female/male vocal duo Renée Adorée (1898–1933), French actress of the silent era Renee Alway (born 1986), American fashion model Renee Amoore (born 1953), American health care advocate Renée Asherson (born 1920), English actress Renée Aubin (born 1963), Canadian Olympic fencer Renee Baillargeon (born 1954), psychology professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Renee Bargh (born 1986), Australian celebrity and TV presenter Renée Björling (1898–1975), Swedish actress Renée A. Blake, Caribbean American linguistics professor at New York University Renee Blount (born 1957), American professional tennis player Renée Pietrafesa Bonnet (born 1938), French/Uruguayan musician Renée Bordereau (1770–1824), French woman who disguised herself as a man Renee Botta, Chair of the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies at the University of Denver Renée of Bourbon (1494–1539), daughter of Gilbert de Bourbon, Count of Montpensier Renée Bourque (born 1977), American actress Renee Marie Bumb (born 1960), district judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey Renee Byer (born 1958), American documentary photojournalist Renée Carl (1875–1954), French actress of the silent era Renée Caroline de Roullay Créquy, Marquise de Créquy (1714-1803), French aristocrat Renée Carpentier-Wintz (1913–2003), French painter Renee Chatterton (born 1989), Australian Olympic rower Renée Chen, Taiwanese singer and songwriter Renee Chenault-Fattah (born 1957), Philadelphia news anchor Renee Cipriano, former director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Renee Cleary (born 1972), American beach volleyball player Renee Cole (born c. 1971), American beauty pageant contestant, Miss Maryland 1993 Renée Coleman, Canadian-born American actress Renée Colliard (born 1933), Swiss alpine skier Renée Cox (born 1960), Jamaican-American artist, political activist and curator Renée de Dinteville (15??-1580), German-Roman monarch Renée Doria (born 1921), French opera singer Renée Dunan (1892–1936), French writer Renee Ellmers (born 1964), the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district Renée Estevez (born 1967), American actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti (1892–1946), French stage and film actress Renée Faure (1919–2005), French actress Renée Ferrer de Arréllaga (born 1944), Paraguayan poet and novelist Renee Fitzgerald, Irish camogie player Renee Flavell (born 1982), New Zealand badminton player Renée Fleming (born 1959), American soprano Renée Fox (born 1928), American sociologist Renée of France (1510–1574), younger daughter of Louis XII of France Renée French (born 1963), American comics writer and illustrator Renée French (actress), American actress Renée Friedman, American egyptologist Renee Gadd (1908–2003), Argentine-born British film actress Renée Gailhoustet (born 1929), French architect Renée Garilhe (1923–1991), French Olympic fencer Renée Geyer (born 1953), Australian singer Renée Gill Pratt (born 1954), local politician from New Orleans Renee Godfrey (1919–1964), American stage and motion picture actress and singer Renee Elise Goldsberry (born 1971), American actress, singer and songwriter Renee Grant-Williams, Nashville, Tennessee vocal coach Renée Green (born 1959), American artist, writer and filmmaker Renee Griffin, aka Renee Allman, aka Renee Ammann (born 1968), American actress Renee Harrison (born 1988), Australian football (soccer) player Renée Hayek, Lebanese writer and novelist Renee Hobbs (born 1958), American educator, scholar and advocate for media literacy education Renée Houston (1902–1980), Scottish comedy actor and revue artist Renee Humphrey (born 1975), American actress Renée Jeryd (born 1965), Swedish social democratic politician Renée Jones (born 1958), American actress Renée Jones-Bos, 44th representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States Renee Kelly (1888-1965), British stage and film actress Renée Kosel (born 1943), member of the Illinois House of Representatives Renee Laravie (born 1959), American Olympic swimmer Renee Leota (born 1990), New Zealand association football player Renee Lim, Australian actress, television presenter and medical doctor Renee MacRae (b. 1940), a Scottish woman who is missing, presumed to have been murdered Renee Magee (born 1959), American Olympic swimmer Renee Mallett (born June 9, 1979), American author of poetry and short fiction Renée Manfredi, American novelist Renee Marlin-Bennett (b. 1959), political science professor at Johns Hopkins University Renee McHugh (born c. 1988), Philippines fashion model and beauty queen Renée J. Miller, computer science professor at University of Toronto, Canada Renée Montagne, American radio journalist Renee Montgomery, American basketball player Renée Morisset (1928–2009), Canadian pianist Renee Nele (born 1932), German sculptor Renée Nicoux (born 1951), French politician and member of the Senate of France Renee O'Connor (born 1971), American actress, producer and director Marie-Renée Oget (born 1945), French politician, member of the National Assembly Renee Olstead (born 1989), American actress and singer Renee Peck (born 1953), American writer Renee Percy, Canadian actress, writer, and comedian Renee Perez (born 1984), pornographic actress and adult model Renee Poetschka, Australian athlete Renee Powell (born 1946), an American professional golfer Renee Props (born 1962), American actress Renee Raudman, an actress and voice actress Renée Richards (born 1934), American ophthalmologist, author and tennis player Renee Richards (pornographic actress) (born 1984) Renee Robinson, American dancer Renée Roca (born 1963), American figure skater and choreographer Renee Roberts (1908–1996), English actress Renee Rollason (born 1989), Australian football (soccer) player Renee Rosnes (born 1962), Canadian musician Renee Roszel, American writer Renée Saint-Cyr (1904–2004), French actress Renee Sands (born 1974), American singer and actress Renée Scheltema (born 1951), Dutch documentary filmmaker Renee Schulte (born 1970), American politician Renee Schuurman (1939–2001), South African tennis player Renée Schwarzenbach-Wille (1883–1959), Swiss photographer Renee Sebastian (born 1973), Filipino-American singer and songwriter Renee Short (1919–2003), British politician Renee Simons (born 1972), Canadian curler Renée Simonsen (born 1965), Danish model and writer Renée Sintenis (1888–1965), German artist Renée Slegers (born 1989), Dutch international football midfielder Jamie Renée Smith (born 1987), American actress Renée Felice Smith (born 1985), American actress Renée Sonnenberg, Canadian curler Renée Soutendijk (born 1957), Dutch actress Renee Spearman (born 1969), gospel recording artist, singer, songwriter and producer Renée Stobrawa (1897–1971), German screenwriter and film actress Renee Stout (born 1958), American artist Renee Tajima-Peña (born c. 1958), film director and producer Renée Taylor (born 1933), American actress Renee Taylor (writer) (born 1929), New Zealand writer and playwright Renee Tenison (born 1968), American model and actress Renee Torres (1911–1998), Mexican-American actress Renee Lynn Vicary (1957–2002), American competitive female bodybuilder Renée Victor, actress Renée Vivien (1877–1909), British poet writing in French Renée Weibel (born 1986), Swiss actress Renee Whitney (1912–1972), American actress 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 Renee Young (born 1984), Canadian Sports Broadcaster, Currently working with the WWE In fiction [edit ] Renée, a minor character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Renée, a character in Claymore Renee Bradshaw, character on the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street Renée Divine Buchanan, character on the American soap opera One Life to Live Renée DuMonde, character on the television soap opera Days of our Lives Renée Dwyer, a character in the Twilight novel series Renee Montoya, a DC Comics comic book character Renee Perry, a character on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives Renée Rienne, character in the spy-fi television series Alias Renée de Villefort, first wife of Gérard de Villefort in Alexandre Dumas's "The Counte of Monte Cristo" Renee Walker, a character on the TV series 24 Renee "Ren" Stevens, a character from Even Stevens Surname [edit ] Lyne Renée (born 1979), Belgian actress Tiffany Renée (born 1971), member of the Petaluma City Council in Petaluma, California Variants in different languages [edit ] Rena English, Polish Renae English Renáta Czech, Hungarian, Slovak Renata Croatian, Czech, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish, Lithuanian Renate Dutch, French, German Renátka Czech Renatka Polish Renča Czech Renea Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene Renée Dutch, French Renee English Reneeke Dutch Reneetje Dutch Renia Polish Renita English, Spanish Renāte Latvian See also [edit ] References [edit ]