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Gender: F Meaning of Rue: "regret" Origin of Rue: English, from Greek

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Rue has gone from Golden Girls actress to Hunger Games heroine. This botanical name is also a double word name, meaning regret in English and street in French, and has real potential as a middle name.

Actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche in The Golden Girls, was born Eddi-Rue, named for her parents' middle names Edwin and Rheua-Nell.

Actress Sara Rue made her surname the middle name of daughter Talulah Rue.

The herbal plant Rue was introduced by the Romans and has been prized for its medicinal properties--the ancients believed it guarded against epilepsy and vertigo and improved the sharpness of vision.

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Famous People Named Rue

Rue McClanahan, American actress

Scout LaRue Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

Pop Culture References for the Name Rue

-In Susan Fraser King's novel, "Lady Macbeth," Rue is a diminutive for Lady M's alleged first name, Gruadh.

-Rue, 12-year-old female tribute from District 11 in the "The Hunger Games"

-Ballerina Rue from the anime "Princess Tutu"

-To rue something is to regret a descision you made