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727
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
5k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Rue

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How popular is the baby name Rue in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1896 10 5 5
1900 7 7 0
1903 6 6 0
1906 5 0 5
1912 9 9 0
1915 17 10 7
1916 15 5 10
1917 27 11 16
1918 19 6 13
1919 12 0 12
1920 16 9 7
1922 18 5 13
1923 17 10 7
1924 14 7 7
1925 12 12 0
1926 14 7 7
1927 17 7 10
1928 16 10 6
1929 8 8 0
1930 14 8 6
1931 14 6 8
1932 18 8 10
1933 9 0 9
1934 8 0 8
1935 11 11 0
1937 23 13 10
1938 9 9 0
1939 5 5 0
1940 5 5 0
1941 9 9 0
1942 8 8 0
1943 13 7 6
1944 7 7 0
1945 6 0 6
1946 5 5 0
1947 6 6 0
1948 10 10 0
1949 7 7 0
1950 9 9 0
1951 13 6 7
1952 13 5 8
1953 16 8 8
1954 12 12 0
1955 6 6 0
1956 15 10 5
1957 13 5 8
1958 11 11 0
1961 5 5 0
1962 8 8 0
1964 5 0 5
1971 5 5 0
1978 6 6 0
2010 9 9 0
2011 13 13 0
2012 32 32 0
2013 27 27 0
2014 37 31 6
2015 26 26 0

Fun Facts about the name Rue

  • How many people with the first name Rue have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 727 babies born with the first name Rue in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rue to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rue? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Rue first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rue is Thursday, January 22nd, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Rue born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rue was in 2012 with a total of 32 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Rue: Your name in reverse order is Eur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uer. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rue? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,023 people with the last name Rue.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rue? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Rue as their last name.
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rue U.S.
  White 75.01% 64.26%
  African American 15.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.21% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.42% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rue

People with the last name Rue are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Rue" mean? The list below shows the origins of Rue as well as things modernly associated with the name Rue such as celebrities named Rue.

English

Origin and Meaning of Rue

The name "Rue" is of English origin, and it means "Herb or diminutive form of Ruth". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rue
Senses
  1. [Bot] A perennial suffrutescent plant (Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine."Then purged with euphrasy and rue The visual nerve, for he had much to see." [Milton.]"They [the exorcists] are to try the devil by holy water, incense, sulphur, rue, which from thence, as we suppose, came to be called herb of grace." [Jer. Taylor.]
  2. Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.

Etymology: F. rue, L. ruta, akin to Gr. �; cf. AS. r�de

verb Rue
Senses
  1. To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve for or over."I wept to see, and rued it from my heart." [Chapmen.]"Thy will Chose freely what it now so justly rues." [Milton.]
  2. To cause to grieve; to afflict.(Obs)"God wot, it ruethme." [Chaucer.]
  3. To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: OE. rewen reouwen, to grive, make sorry, AS. hreówan; akin to OS. hrewan, D. rouwen, OHG. hriuwan, G. reun, Icel. hruggr grieved, hrugð sorrow. √ 18. Cf. Ruth

verb Rue
Senses
  1. To have compassion.(Obs)"God so wisly [i. e., truly] on my soul rue." [Chaucer.]"Which stirred men's hearts to rue upon them." [Ridley.]
  2. To feel sorrow and regret; to repent."Work by counsel and thou shalt not rue." [Chaucer.]"Old year, we'll dearly rue for you." [Tennyson.]
noun Rue
Sorrow; repetance.

Etymology: AS. hreów. See Rue (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (French) a street or road in France
  2. Sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment ("to his rue, the error cost him the game")
  3. Leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy
  4. European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy
  5. Feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

From Middle English rewe, reowe, from Old English hrēow (“sorrow, regret, penitence, repentance, penance”), from Proto-Germanic *hrewwō (“pain, sadness, regret, repentance”), from Proto-Indo-European *krew-, *krow-, *krows- (“to push, fall, beat, break”). Cognate with Scots rew (“rue”), West Frisian rouw (“sadness”), Dutch rouw (“mourning, sadness”), German Reue (“repentance, regret, remorse, contrition”), Lithuanian krùšti (“to smash, crash, bruise”), Russian крушить (krušitʹ, “crush”).

  1. (archaic or dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret.
  2. (archaic or dialectal) Pity; compassion.

From Middle English ruen, ruwen, rewen, reowen, from Old English hrēowan (“to rue; make sorry; grieve”), perhaps influenced by Old Norse hryggja (“to distress, grieve”), from Proto-Germanic *hrewwaną (“to sadden; repent”). Cognate with Dutch rouwen, German reuen.

Rue (plant)
  1. Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens, formerly used in medicines.

From Anglo-Norman ruwe, Old French rue (> modern French rue), from Latin rūta, from Ancient Greek ῥυτή (rhutḗ). Compare rude.

  1. Any of various perennial shrubs of the genus Ruta, especially the herb Ruta graveolens, formerly used in medicines.

    rue was also found in the following language(s): Chuukese, French, Latin, Norman, Old French, and Venetian

    Rue McClanahan

    Rue McClanahan is an actress, comedienne, author, and fashion designer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1957 to 2010. Rue was born in 1935 as Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rue

    Paulina Rubio

    Paulina Rubio is a singer, actress, television music competition judge, and hostess specializing in latin pop, pop, dance, and pop rock music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1981 to present. Paulina was born in 1971 as Paulina Susana Rubio Rue in Mexico City, Mexico.

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    Sara Rue

    Sara Rue is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1988 to present. Sara was born in 1979 as Sara Schlackman in New York City, New York, U.S.

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    Eva La Rue

    Eva La Rue is an actress with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1 to present. Eva was born in 1966 as Eva Maria LaRuy in Long Beach, California, U.S.

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    What does the name Rue mean?

    Ris for rich, in the love from others

    Uis for upstanding, the honorable way to be

    Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

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