Gender: Female Meaning of Rue: "regret" Origin of Rue: Botanical names or word name

Rue Origin and Meaning

The name Rue is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "regret".

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 to be one of the most popular new middle names for girls.

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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Looooovenames Says:


I love this name! I've considered naming my daughter Aurora and calling her Rue for a nn. I also like it as a nn for Ruth.

funnybunny771 Says:


My littlest sister is called Isabella but everyone calls her Rue, to the extent that if someone says Isabella, we're like who's that?! Although I absolutely adore the name and the way it sounds I would find it hard to get past the meaning if I were naming my child Rue outright, especially if they weren't planned! Although I guess many people don't really think about name suits my sister great though!

Essa Says:


I like the sound of Rue but the meaning is off putting. I've been considering Reu as a middle name for a boy. Reu is a biblical name although extremely minor, just mentioned in Genesis. But I assume it would have a different meaning to Rue as they appear to have different origins.

Abby Says:


I'll admit that 'regret' isn't a very attractive meaning, but I love this name because of the Hunger Games character and what she represents. I'm thinking of using it as a middle name. I love the name Kinsley Rue.

saoirse123 Says:


It means "street" in french

katinka Says:


I actually think the melancholy meaning makes this name even more lovely. It stops it feeling too childish, and gives it the same spare, pared-back beauty of names like Eve, Liv and Ruth.

rockXmyXworldXxxX94 Says:


I saw an interview or something where Betty White was talking about Rue McClanahan on set of The Golden Girls and she called her "Ruesy" ...I think that's such a cute nickname!

kpearl8 Says:


Yes, that's right, I'm saying I don't think this name is directly connected to the verb "rue" in origin. You could see it as a word name, but I doubt that's how it was originally used. I see it the same as the name Harry. It sounds just like "hairy", but that's not where the name comes from. I could be wrong of course, that's just my theory after some very preliminary research.

Alsace Says:


Rue is a word in its own right - it's usually used as a verb, defined as "bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen)". most often used in the phrase "rue the day".

I think it's cute as a nickname for Rowan or Ruth but I personally wouldn't use it as a stand-alone name.

allygrace Says:


I love the name for a girl, but I think of Hunger Games when I hear it… (which isn't a bad thing.)

alexandramae Says:


I adore this name. It's been on the list for awhile but I ended up using it for my cat. I call her Ruby as a nickname, occasionally. Two for one!

Kyle Lehman Says:


My daughter's name is Rue Bear Lehman
Awesome name if you ask me
Someone will steal it I'm sure

RoddyThlayli Says:


I'm not sure it would age all that well, but it would be an awesome nickname. Maybe for Rowan or Ruth?

Sarah8 Says:


It's a nice name, accept for the meaning, but, I'm wondering how well this name will age. I think passed 12 years old this name "Rue" might start to sound a bit young.

Essa Says:


I like this name but the meaning is not something I could get passed to actually use Rue on a child.

kpearl8 Says:


I'm not sure you can say Rue really means "regret". It happens to sound the same as the words for regret and street, but I think the actual origin would be from the plant or I saw somewhere it could be a diminutive of Ruth.

nigga in love Says:


Rue is precious name to me and it keeps on flowing in my mind , I rily Love it and hopefuly ama give my daughter this name Rue

coco55 Says:


I love this name its short and cute witch will also make easy to teach your child how to spell there name

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Ah. Personally I am not a fan of Hunger Games.

Waverly123 Says:


Hunger Games :)

Waverly123 Says:


Rue means Regret... I normally don't worry about meanings, but this one I really dislike.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I really don't get why everyone is so crazy about this name.

Sunshine Kid Says:


Simple and sweet!