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Ruth 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 has 8 variant forms: Ruthe, Ruthelle, Ruthellen, Ruthetta, Ruthi, Ruthie, Ruthina and Ruthine.
For more information, see also related names Raisa and Ruthann.
Baby names that sound like Ruth are Ruta, Retha, Rita, Reta and Rudi.
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Popularity of Ruth
Ruth is a very popular first name for women (#19 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2250 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Ruth for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Ruth with its variant forms and related girl baby names.