Sort of.  Vasari, who wrote *The Lives of the Artists*, u[sed the term "rinascita][1]," which has similar connotations.  However, the term "Renaissance" proper [was a later invention][2].  



  [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance#Conception
  [2]: https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/j/johnson-renaissance.html