• 727 Rue


First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Rue

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rue
  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
  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
  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

    Notable Persons With the Name Rue

    Rue McClanahan was an actress, comedienne, author, and fashion designer. She was most active from 1957 to 2009. Rue was given the name Eddi-Rue McClanahan on February 21st, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S. She passed away on June 3rd, 2010.


    Rue DeBona is a wrestler. Rue was born on March 7th, 1976 in Glen Rock, New Jersey.


    Rue Protzer is a famed human. Rue was born in 1966.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rue

    Sara Rue is an actress. She was most active from 1988 to present. Sara was given the name Sara Schlackman on January 26th, 1979 in New York City, New York, U.S.


    Paulina Rubio is a singer, actress, television music competition judge, hostess, model, businesswoman, television, and televisionmusic competitionjudge. She was most active from 1981 to present. Paulina was given the name Paulina Susana Rubio Rue by her parent Susana Dosamantes on June 17th, 1971 in Mexico City. Paulina is also known as Queen of Latin Pop, Latin Madonna, and La Chica Dorada (The Golden Girl).


    Danny La Rue was an entertainer and entertainment. He was most prominent from 1959 to 2009. Danny was given the name Daniel Patrick Carroll on July 26th, 1927 in Cork, Ireland. He died on May 31st, 2009.


    Betsy Rue is an actress. She has been prominent since 2006.


    Jack La Rue was a film and stage actor. His career lasted from 1923 to 1977. Jack was given the name Gaspere Biondolillo on May 3rd, 1902 in New York City, New York, U.S. Jack is also known as Biondolillo and Gaspere. He breathed his last breath on January 11th, 1984.


    Thomas de la Rue was a printer. Thomas was born on March 24th, 1793 in Forest, Guernsey, Channel Islands. He left this life on June 7th, 1866.


    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

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    Popularity of Rue as a last name

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    Common last names for Rue

    • Smith
    • Thomas
    • Walker

    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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    Fun Facts about the name Rue

    • How Popular is the name Rue? Rue is the 12,462nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rue was the 6,721st most popular name in 2010.
    • 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 Ure. 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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    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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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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