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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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You can see how Ren families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ren family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ren families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 32 Ren families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Ren's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ren families in 1911.
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What did your Ren ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Ren. 67% of Ren men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    67%
  • Laundryman
    34%
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ren. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Ren. For the veterans among your Ren ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ren lifespan?

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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