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.
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 #90. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Jewel (#870 a year ago), Rubie, Rubi and Emerald are the prominent alternative forms of Ruby (#90 a year ago). These relations of Ruby reached the apex of their popularity a century ago (adoption of 0.413%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.208%, ▼50%), with forms like Rubie falling out of fashion. Ruby is more widely used than the rest.
Thinking of names?
Ruby▲ is pronounced similarly to Reba▼, Rebba, Reeba, Reyba, Rheba, Roba, Robbey, Robbi, Robby, Robee and Robi. Other recommended similar baby names are Abby▲, Alby, Bauby, Fiby, Gaby, Joby, Liby, Ray▼, Remy, 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.