Meaning and Origin
What does the name Renard mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
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- 2 submissions from California, U.S. agree the name Renard means "fox" and is of French origin.
Etymology: F. renard the fox, the name of the fox in a celebrated epic poem, and of German origin, G. Reinhard, OHG. Reginhard, properly, strong in counsel; regin counsel (akin to Goth. ragin) + hart hard. See Hard
The name of the fox in the medieval Roman de Renart. A Germanic personal name, from Proto-Germanic *Raginaharduz, from *raginą (“counsel by the gods”) + *harduz (“hard, strong”).
Replaced goupil (from Latin vulpecula) by euphemism (properly, antonomasia) – mentioning the fox by name was considered bad luck, so Renart replaced it. Compare English bear (from “brown”, in Proto-Indo-European) and Russian медведь (medvéd’, “bear”), literally “honey-eater”.
- fox, small carnivore with upright triangular ears and a pointed snout, from one of several genera of the Canidae family (Vulpes, Atelocynus, Cerdocyon, Dusicyon, Otocyon, Lycalopex, Urocyon
- crafty, purposeful and cunning character
- (slang) flatulence
- (nautical) ancient navigation tool: circular, wooden or copper plate, which enables the helmsman to keep a record of wind conditions by inserting pegs at specific positions
- hardly detectable cracks or holes causing a water tank or pond to empty itself