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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
Rui Costa is a Portuguese professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Abu Dhabi. He is best known for winning the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Tuscany, Italy – the first Portuguese to do so, three stages of the Tour de France in 2011 and 2013, and the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Tour de Suisse, becoming the first cyclist to win the event for three consecutive years.
-- lilolaf  1/25/2017

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