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What does Ruth mean?

Ruth Pronunciation of Ruth as a girls' name is pronounced rooth. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ruth is "friend, companion". Biblical: Ruth was the young Moabite widow of Mahlon who said to his Hebrew mother Naomi, "Where you go, there I shall go also; your people will be my people, your God, my God". Her sentiments appealed to Victorian poets, and the name has been popular since the 17th century. Actresses Ruth Gordon, Ruth Buzzi; author Ruth Rendell.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, young, victorian (medieval), 17th century


VARIANTS Ruthe, Ruthelle, Ruthellen, Ruthetta, Ruthi, Ruthie, Ruthina, Ruthine

SEE ALSO Raisa, Ruthann



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How popular is Ruth?

Ruth is a very prominent first name for females (#19 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2150 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ruth reached its highest rank of #5 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is at #265 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Ruth (#265 A YEAR AGO) listed in the Top 2000 are Raisa, Ruthann, Ruthe and Ruthie (#1358). Usage of these forms of Ruth was well-received during 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #1096) and has become much diminished since (#1524, 96%), with forms like Ruth becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ruth, Raisa, Ruthann, Ruthe, Ruthie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Beth, Cath, Eth, Jeth, Reta, Retha, Rita, Roch, Rubi, Ruby, Rudi, Rue, Rui, Rupa, Ruta, Ruza, Ruzha and Truth. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ruth.

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