I know this question is going to seem very elementary, but my name is René and I have often wondered if the accent is considered accent grave or accent aigu. Can someone please clarify this for me? Also what is the correct french pronunciation for grave and aigu? I am often asked about the accent in my name and would like to be able to provide an educated response. Although I am female, I am told that René is actually the masculine form and the feminine form is Reneé. For some reason my mother chose to spell it René.