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When I lived in Portugal (in the '80s) I had a Portuguese first-names book. It mentioned Rui with the meaning "Prince". I am of course not sure if this is correct.
-- Fadadomar  2/19/2005
Yes, I also know that version. But it is said it can also mean river, because in Portuguese we say "Rio", perphaps the word was chaged into "rui".
-- Mary-Rach  5/17/2005
Rui comes from Ruh, an Arabic word meaning soul, and from Uhi, an Visigoth word meaning stronger and goodly.
-- Anonymous User  10/4/2008
It's my father's name and very common in Portugal, especially now. The R is hard (sound not used by native English speakers).
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2009
Hanazawa Rui is a main character in the Japanese TV show (2 seasons, plus a movie) "Hana Yori Dango," or "Boys Over Flowers" in English.
-- erb816  3/5/2010
Pronounced [ROOEE]. It's quite common in Portugal (particularly with men born in the 1960s and 70s), where it is used independently from Rodrigo.
-- SugarPlumFairy  4/7/2010
It's also a Japanese name, meaning 'the tear'. It's a Japanese name for girls AND boys.
-- Rui-Chan  5/16/2010

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