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What does Rue mean?

Rue Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: grace.


Rue has 1 variant: Ruta.

Creative forms:
(female) Rah, Rre, ..

(male) Ril, Rre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rue Aleyda (R.A.), ..

How popular is Rue?

Rue is a rare given name for women but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6395 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rue has not made it into the Top 2000 so far. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 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, Raya, Raye, Rea, Ree, Rei, Rey, Reya, Rhae, Rhea, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rui and Rye. Another suggested similar name is Sue. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rue.