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What does Rube mean?

Rube Pronunciation of Rube [rube] as a boys' name is of Hebrew and Spanish derivation, and the name Rube means "see, a son". Rube is a variant form of Reuben (Hebrew): from the original variant Reuven. Rube is also a form of Ruben (Spanish).


7 related forms via Reuben, Ruben: Reuban, Reubin, Reuven, Rubi, Rubin, Rubino and Ruby.

Creative forms:
(male) Riobe, Rure, ..

(female) Rure, Ruri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rube Sire (R.S.), ..

How popular is Rube?

Rube is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#72237 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rube reached its highest position of #667 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rube name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rube outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Reuben (#881 last year), Reubin, Ruben (#371), Rubin and Ruby are the popular varying forms of Rube rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Rube were favored in the 1900s (average #678) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1542, 56.6%), with versions such as Ruben becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rube, Reuben, Reubin, Ruben, Rubin, Ruby in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Reuben, Ruben outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rube is alike in pronunciation to Rab, Rob and Robb. Other suggested similar names are Abbe, Abe, Aube, Cabe, Cobe, Ebbe, Fabe, Gabe, Hube, Jobe, Kobe, Rabee, Rabi, Rae, Rafe, Rane, Raye, Rene, Reve, Rice, Rike, Robi, Roe, Rome, Rowe, Rubio, Rudd, Rudee, Rudey, Rudi, Rudie, Rudy, Ruel, Rugby, Rune, Rurek, Rush, Russ, Ruy, Rye, Ryne and Tobe. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rube.

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