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Ruta is an ancient name in both Latvia and Lithuania (probably predates Christianity). Latvians give the name two pronunciations, one with a short and the other with a long u. In Lithuania the name also means the flower rue, an evergreen bush with yellow flowers:
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Ruta
Between 8-40 species, including:
Ruta angustifolia - Egyptian Rue
Ruta chalepensis - Fringed Rue
Ruta corsica - Corsican Rue
Ruta graveolens - Common Rue
Ruta montana - Mountain Rue)

Ruta is also the Polynesian form of Ruth.
-- darklight  2/19/2008
Sorry but I see this name and I immediately think "rutabaga". It's also sexual slang in parts of the English-speaking world.
-- SandSea  2/4/2010
It's part of my username... I love it!
-- Ruta Graveolens  8/13/2014
Ruta Lee is the only notable I know of bearing this lovely, distinguished, dignified name.
-- IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  5/12/2015
Maori form of Ruth.
-- Sofia  3/18/2016

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