Rue is the name of a species of plants that were used as medicinal herbs and in cooking. The name comes from Latin rūta derived from Ancient Greek rhutḗ, derived from an uncertain etymology though it may be derived from a Peloponnesian word. Rue is also an English word meaning “to regret, feel remorse or sorrow for”. It derives from Old English hrēow (sorrow, regret, repentance) derived from a PIE root word. In the language of flowers, rue symbolizes regret and has been used by Shakespeare in Hamlet (1599-1602) as one of the flowers distributed by his character Ophelia.
Rue is also a French word meaning “street, road”. Rue is also a French surname derived from a topographical name for someone who lived near a track or a road, as well as also being an English surname, either originally derived as a nickname for someone with red hair or as a topographical name for someone who lived near a ridge.
Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European
- Roo (English)