Portuguese diminutive of Rodrigo
"famous ruler"

Rui Origin and Meaning

The name Rui is a boy's name of Portuguese origin meaning "famous ruler".

This charming mini name began life as a nickname for Rodrigo but has since taken on a life of its own, ranking as an independent name in Portugal, it’s country of origin. If you’re looking to honor a Rodrigo, Roger, or Roderick in your life, Rui is an appealing international option. Ruy is a spelling variation that is more commonly seen in Spain.

Rui had a brief appearance on the charts in France from 1967-1981.

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Rui Popularity

Famous People Named Rui

  • Rui PatricioPortuguese professional footballer
  • Ruibassist of the Japanese visual kei band ScReW