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 of Mahlon who said to his Hebrew mother 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, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2250 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ruth for girls. Ruth reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ruth and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ruth (#315), Ruthann, Ruthe and Ruthie. (2014 statistics).