What does Ruby mean?
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.
(female) Raby, Reby, ..
(male) Rubyad, Rubyge, ..
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)
Shown below is the baby name history of Ruby for girls. Ruby reached its top rank of #24 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is currently at #83. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.