What does Ruby mean?
Ruby /ru-by/ as a name for boys (also used more commonly as girls' name Ruby) is of Hebrew derivation, and the name Ruby means "see, a son". Ruby is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -y, of Reuben (Hebrew): from the original variation Reuven.
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. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ruby for boys. Ruby reached its apex position of #585 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Ruben (#357 last year), Reuben (#848), Rubin and Rube are the popular variation forms of Ruby. Other variants, like Reuban, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Ruby was common during the years 1890-1899 (adoption of 0.5%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.16%, down 68.2%), with the forms Rube, Rubin, Ruby and Reuben becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ruby and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Ruby▼ is pronounced similarly to Rabbi, Rabbie, Rabee, Rabi, Robbie▼, Robby▼, Robi, Rubi and Rubio. Other recommended similar baby names are Rab, Rafa, Rafe, Raff, Raffy, Rafi, Ravi, Reve, Rip, Rob▼, Robb▼, Rudy▼, Rugby and Ruy. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ruby.