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Meaning and name origin
Ruth \r(u)-th\ as a girl's name is pronounced rooth. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ruth is "friend, companion". Biblical: Ruth was the young Moabite widow who said to her Hebrew mother-in-law Naomi, "Where you go, there I shall go also; your people will be my people, your God, my God". Her sentiments appealed to Victorian poets, and the name has been popular since the 17th century. Actresses Ruth Gordon, Ruth Buzzi; author Ruth Rendell.
Ruth is a very popular first name for females (#19 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2250 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ruth for girls (2014 statistics).
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