My host mom’s name is Nidia, but she goes by Nini (nee nee). When I first learned this, I was excited to inform her of a connection we have, because friends and family at home call me Nene (or Ney-Ney or Nay-Nay; pick your spelling).
She kind of laughed and asked me if I would prefer to go by that, and I told her I was fine with either Nene or Renee. She never did call me Nene after that.
A couple of weeks later, I learned that “nene” is actually a word in Spanish, a term of endearment that is roughly the equivalent of baby or honey. It’s also the masculine form of the word. I was basically telling her she could call me “baby boy.”
Maybe I should stick with Renee while I’m in Costa Rica. Although I suppose Nena wouldn’t be terrible.