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What does Ruby mean?

Ruby Pronunciation of Ruby [ru-by] as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' 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.

Associated with: red.


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

Related girl names: Emerald and Jewel.

Creative forms:
(female) Raby, Reby, ..

(male) Ruio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ruby Aracely (R.A.), ..

How popular is Ruby?

Ruby is a very popular first name for females (#90 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3646 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ruby reached its top rank of #24 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #83. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ruby name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Jewel (#887 a year ago), Emerald (#1256), Rubi (#1340) and Rubie are the prominent alternative forms of Ruby (#83 a year ago). These relations of Ruby reached the apex of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.8%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 0.29%, 63%), with forms like Jewel falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ruby, Emerald, Jewel, Rubi, Rubie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ruby is pronounced similarly to Reba, Rebba, Reeba, Reyba, Rheba, Roba, Robbey, Robbi, Robby, Robee and Robi. Other recommended names are Abby, Alby, Bauby, Fiby, Gaby, Joby, Liby, Ray, Remy, Rey, Rivy, Robyn, Romy, Rory, Rosy, Roxy, Rozy, Rudi, Rue, Rui, Rupa, Ruta, Ruth, Ruza and Toby. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ruby.

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