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Meaning and name origin

Ruby \r(u)-by\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Ruby), is pronounced ROO-bee. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Ruby is "the red gemstone". Jewel name first used in the 1870s. Dancer Ruby Keeler.


Ruby has 11 variant forms: Rubee, Rubena, Rubetta, Rubey, Rubi, Rubia, Rubianne, Rubie, Rubina, Rubinia and Rubyna.

For more information, see also related girl names Emerald and Jewel.


Ruby is a very popular first name for females (#90 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3478 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ruby for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ruby name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ruby outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ruby and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ruby (#90), Jewel (#870), Emerald, Rubie and Rubi. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ruby, Jewel, Emerald, Rubie, Rubi in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ruby, Jewel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ruby is also pronounced similarly to Reba, Roba, Robby and Robi. Other suggested similar baby names are Rivy and Rupa. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ruby.