Ren Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Perhaps a variant of Wren. Dutch (de Ren): origin unexplained. Variant spelling of German Renn. Swedish: soldier’s name, from ren ‘reindeer’. Chinese : from the name of Rencheng ‘Ren City’, which was granted to Yu Yang, the 25th son of the Emperor Huang Di (2697–2595 bc). Some of his descendants later adopted the place name as their surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wen, Oren, Ron, Roen, Jen, Ken, Ruen, Pen, Rew, Uren

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Ren Family Origin

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Ren Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Ren occupation in the UK was Agent For Butter & Horses. 25% of Ren's were Agent For Butter & Horsess. Agent For Butter & Horses, Auctioneers Clerk and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ren. A less common occupation for the Ren family was Lodging House Keeper.

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  • Agent For Butter & Horses

  • Auctioneers Clerk

  • Farmer

  • Lodging House Keeper


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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Ren life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Ren in 1961 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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