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I was quite surprised to find out this wasn’t a unisex name! Personally, I love androgyny in names and I think it’s silly that we have them gendered at all. I’ve never read or watched the Hunger Games, but I’m sure many people would consider that Rue a wonderful namesake. I also appreciate that it’s the name of a plant, since that opens up a lot of opportunity for subtle name-pun photoshoots. I don’t think the meaning of “regret” is necessarily a bad thing, either; it could even be quite useful when naming a fictional character prone to melancholy.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2020
kayisforkeen  12/1/2018
I personally love this name, "Rue"! Because that is my legal name followed by my middle name "Ann". I was born in 1978-there wasn't very many people with that name. Since the debut of the Hunger Games, a wave of popularity grew more. Growing up I went by my first and middle name Rue Ann, but in my later years I simply just go by Rue! I love the name so much that I even named my first born child Laura Rue, I wanted the name to carry on. I was saddened the day I found out the true meaning of my name, meaning to regret. But was very enlightened when I learned that it's an herb to hoard away negativity and has medicinal purposes to horde plagues.
I hope this name will continue to grow in popularity but at the same time not too popular, I like being unique. I hope that anyone and everyone I've ever encountered never says they regret meeting me. (Nickname) KangaRue.
Kangarue  8/31/2018
My mother's middle name was Rue. She was born in 1927.
I could swear I was told it was a short version of the Biblical name, Zeruah.
The spellings don't seem to match, so now I don't know.
hoosierdeb  9/10/2017
Means regret.
The plant derives from RUTA. In legend Rue is the only plant that will not wilt when breathed on by a basilisk.
The plant was also used to ward away the plague, used in healing.
Magically, Rue is used for protection and to banish negativity and break curses. Crushed Rue is said to banish regret and hurt after a relationship has ended.
― Anonymous User  12/7/2013
I think it's a lovely name. My name is Rheua, which is an old family name, but it's pronounced like Rue. I like my spelling because it's very unique. If there is a disadvantage to the spelling, it's that not many people pronounce it correctly, but I find that amusing sometimes! So, that said, if I were to name my daughter this, I'd spell it "Rue," not "Rheua."
― Anonymous User  1/27/2012
Rue McClanahan played Vivian Harmon on Maude and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls. She is one of my favorite actresses, but as I say about everyone, she was no Vivian Vance!
HugeFanOfVivVance  9/16/2011
Rue is a sweet, sweet name that ages well. I always think of Rue from The Hunger Games, which is a great namesake.
Dawson  12/18/2010
Rue is the name of a character in the anime (Japanese animation) series Princess Tutu.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
The name of a character in "The Hunger Games". She's the youngest competitor, and the smallest. She's clever, intelligent, a hard worker and a natural born survivor.
magicalhannah7  3/4/2009
I love this name as a nickname for Rudolf rather than Ruth. :] I wouldn't mind considering it as a middle name, just for it's sound. It's tender yet not too cheesy.
not_another_Jessica  11/12/2008
Seems like a masculine name to me. It's very strong but simple, I like it!
MisquotedWarrior  8/23/2008
Isn't this an old-fashioned word for 'regret'? The one good thing about the name is that it reminds me of one of Boards of Canada's best tracks, Rue the Whirl. Otherwise, however, the name doesn't really have much value. It's too minimalist and plain, and it sounds a bit cutesy, as if the mother was 14 and wanted to call her Roo after a Winnie the Pooh character, but was talked out of it.
slight night shiver  5/5/2008
The verb rue means "to feel penitence, remorse, or regret."
WeloveyouJesseLacey  9/10/2006
Rue also means "street" in French.
alberto  2/20/2006
Rue McClanahan, born Eddi Rue McClanahan, best known for her role as Blanche Deveraux in 'The Golden Girls' is a famous bearer.
kanine  1/10/2006

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