US Popularity:5426
Other Origin(s):Chinese, German, Spanish
Meaning:Famous ruler; Coarse silk floss; Felicitous omen, auspicious; Small
Rui is a gender-neutral name with Portuguese and Spanish origins. Meaning “famous ruler,” Rui is a simple but strong name that is a respelling of Ruy, which in turn comes from German Roderick. This short and sweet moniker is also of Chinese origin, where it has a host of meanings depending on the characters used to write the word, which includes “small,” “felicitous omen,” “auspicious,” or “coarse silk floss.” Soccer fans alike may also recognize this name as many of their famous soccer stars bear the name Rui. As you can see, Rui packs a punch!

Rui Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Rui is currently #2550 on The Bump
Boy:Rui is currently #1767 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Rui is currently #1426 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Rui is currently #5426 in U.S. births
Boy:Rui is currently #6183 in U.S. births
Girl:Rui is currently #24375 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 9052
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 517

  • Behind the Name, Rui, July 2011

  • Behind the Name, Ruy, November 2020

  • Behind the Name, Roderick, December 2022

  • Behind the Name, Rui, March 2016

  • My China Roots, Rui Chinese Last Name Facts(Rui Chinese Last Name Facts)

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