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What does Ruben mean?

Ruben Pronunciation of Ruben [ruben] as a boys' name is of Spanish origin. Variant of Reuben (Hebrew) "see, a son". Singer Ruben Blades.


Ruben has 4 variants: Rube, Rubi, Rubin and Rubino.

5 more different relations via Reuben: Reuban, Reubin, Reuven, Rouvin and Ruby.

Creative forms:
(male) Raben, Rooben, ..

(female) Rubeni, Ruber, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ruben Matthew (R.M.), ..

How popular is Ruben?

Ruben is a very popular first name for males (#203 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#10532 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ruben reached its peak position of #178 in the U.S. in 1992, and is presently at #371. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Ruben (#371 last year) are Reuben (#881 last year), Ruby, Rubin, Rube and Reubin. Usage of these relations of Ruben was widespread in the 1900s (median #678) and has become much reduced since (#1542, 57% less usage).

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

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

Similar Names

Ruben is alike in pronunciation to Roban, Robben, Robbin, Robbyn, Robin and Robyn. Other suggested similar names are Alben, Auben, Auden, Eben, Euen, Eugen, Joben, Rabee, Raven, Regen, Ren, Rien, Rowen, Rozen, Rubio, Rudee, Rudey, Ruel, Rune, Rurek, Rusten, Ryden and Ryen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ruben.