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Meaning and Name Origin

Rue \rue\ as a girls' name is pronounced roo. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Rue is "regret". Botanical name: a herb used for cooking and in medicine. In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", Ophelia called rue the "herb-grace o' Sundays". Actress Rue McClanahan.


Rue has 1 variant: Ruta.


Rue is a rare given name for women but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#5767 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Rue for girls. Rue has not made it into the Top 1000 so far. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rue name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rue outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rue is alike in pronunciation to Rae, Ray, Raye, Rea, Ree, Rei, Rhae, Rhea, Ria, Rie, Rui and Rye. Another suggested similar baby name is Sue. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rue.