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Meaning and Origin of: Rue

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Latin, Greek : Herb name; regret

Last name origin & meaning:

  • French : topographic name for someone who lived on a track or pathway, Old French rue (Latin ruga ‘crease’, ‘fold’).
  • English : variant of Rowe 1, from the Old English byform rǣw, or a habitational name from places in Devon and Isle of Wight called Rew from this word.
  • Norwegian : habitational name from any of over fifteen farmsteads so named, notably in Telemark, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.