Renard name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Renard

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  1. 2 submissions from California, U.S. agree the name Renard means "fox" and is of French origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ren"ard
A fox; -- so called in fables or familiar tales, and in poetry.

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”.

  1. 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
  2. crafty, purposeful and cunning character
  3. (slang) flatulence
  4. (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
  5. hardly detectable cracks or holes causing a water tank or pond to empty itself

Notable Persons With the Last Name Renard

Notable Persons With the Last Name Renard

Hervé Renard

Hervé Renard is a soccer player for the Morocco national football team and AS Cannes. Hervé was born on September 30th, 1968 in Aix-les-Bains, France.

Pierre-Jules Renard

Pierre-Jules Renard was a writer. Pierre-Jules was born on February 22nd, 1864 in Châlons-du-Maine. He breathed his last breath on May 22nd, 1910.

Wendie Renard

Wendie Renard is a soccer player for the Olympique Lyonnais (Ladies), Essor-Préchotain, and France women's national football team. Wendie was born on July 20th, 1990 in Schœlcher, Martinique, France.

Colette Renard

Colette Renard was an actress and singer. Colette was given the name Colette Lucie Raget on November 1st, 1924 in Ermont. She left this life on October 6th, 2010.

Mercedes Renard

Mercedes Renard is a film, television, actor, and televisionactress. Mercedes was born in 1983.

Veronique Renard

Veronique Renard is an author, visual artist, visual arts, and authorandvisual artist. Veronique was born on May 26th, 1965.

  • Andre Renard
  • Marie Renard
  • Rosita Renard
  • Draner
  • Roberto Silva Renard
  • Olivier Renard
    Soccer Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Renard U.S.
  White 81.71% 64.26%
  African American 10.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Renard

People with the last name Renard are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Renard

  • How Popular is the name Renard? Renard is the 5,824th most popular name of all time. As a last name Renard was the 13,431st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Renard have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,663 babies born with the first name Renard in the United States. That's more than enough people named Renard to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Renard? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1910 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Renard first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Renard is Saturday, October 29th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Renard born? The highest recorded use of the first name Renard was in 1970 with a total of 63 babies.
  • Random Renard Factoid: According to the 1993 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Renard is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Illinois have the same name in 1993.
  • Weird things about the name Renard: The name spelled backwards is Draner. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Dnraer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Renard? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,269 people with the last name Renard.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Renard? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Renard as their last name since less than 1 person in 130k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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