What does Ruben mean?
Ruben /ru-ben/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is of Spanish origin. Variant of Reuben (Hebrew) "see, a son". Singer Ruben Blades.
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ruben for boys. Ruben reached its peak position of #178 in the U.S. in 1992, and is presently at #357. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ruben and related names. Popular variation forms of Ruben (#357 last year) are Reuben (#848 last year), Ruby, Rubin and Rube. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.5%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.159%, 68.2% less), with the forms Rube, Rubin, Ruby and Reuben becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)