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Ruby (boy)

What does Ruby mean?

Ruby Pronunciation of Ruby [ru-by] as a name for boys is of Hebrew derivation, and the name Ruby means "see, a son". Ruby is an alternate spelling of Reuben (Hebrew): from the original variation Reuven.


6 related forms via Reuben: Reuban, Reubin, Rube, Ruben, Rubin and Rubino.

2 feminine forms: Emerald and Jewel.

Creative forms:
(male) Raby, Rutby, ..

(female) Rure, Rury, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ruby Kolton (R.K.), ..

How popular is Ruby?

Ruby is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#3646 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ruby reached its apex position of #559 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Ruben (#371 last year), Reuben (#881), Rubin, Rube and Reubin are the popular variation forms of Ruby. Other variants, like Reuban, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Ruby was common 115 years ago (adoption of 0.1%) and is now much lower (adoption 0.1%, down 56.6%), with forms like Ruby going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Ruby is pronounced similarly to Rabbi, Rabee, Rabi, Robby, Robi, Rubi and Rubio. Other recommended names are Abby, Alby, Amby, Busby, Coby, Ebby, Gaby, Joby, Koby, Rab, Ramy, Ray, Remy, Rey, Rob, Robb, Robyn, Rory, Roy, Rudd, Rudey, Rudi, Rudy, Ruel, Rugby, Rune, Rush, Russ, Rusty, Ruy and Toby. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ruby.

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