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Boy Names Starting with Ru-

Ru- baby names and what they mean, with 34 results. Ru- names are used more often as masculine names. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the 1900s (USAGE OF 0.7%) and are now much less conventional (USAGE 0.1%, 84.9%), with names like Russel becoming somewhat dated. Rusk (TOP 4%) and Runion (6%) are conventional Ru- last names. Here is the list of Ru- names for girls.

Ru- names

Ruark - Rupert | Rurek - Ruy

Ruark - Rupert

Form of Roark. Derived fr. Gaelic. "Champion." Ruari is a slightly favored birth name. See also Rurik.

Reuben and variants

Ruby, Rubino1, Rubin1, Ruben1, Rube1
Forms of Reuben. Derivative of Hebrew element. "See, a son." Rubin (UPPER 1%), like Dubin (UPPER 7%), Aubin (7%), is a popular -bin suffix surname.

Ruben and variants

Ruben2, var. Rubino2, Rubin2, Rubi, Rube2
Based on Spanish word. .. Singer Ruben Blades. Rubin (TOP 1%), Rubino (3%), Ruben (7%), Rubi (12%) and Rube (48%) occur often as surnames.

Derived fr. Spanish. "Fair, blonde." Rubio, like the similar-sounding Ruby, exists more usually as a last name. See also Rube.

From Old English. "Ruddy-skinned." Compare surnames Rudo (UPPER 74%), Rudi (39%). See also Roddy.

Origin fr. German word. "Spear fame." Rudiger is rarely used as a birth name. See also Ruttger.

Rudolph and variants

Rudolph, var. Rudy1, Rudolphus, Rudolpho, Rudolfo, Rudie, Rudolf, Rudi1, Rudey
Stems fr. Old German language. "Famous wolf." Adoption of Rudi and forms was higher 98 years ago and is now diminished.

Rudy and variants

Rudy2, var. Rudi2, Rudelle, Rudee
.. Singer Rudy Vallee. Usage of Rudy, Rudee, etc. as baby names in 2018 was up 12.8% compared to the previous year.

Origin fr. Old English language. "Red paddock." Not Top 2000 name.


Var. of Reuel. Derived fr. Hebrew. "Friend of God." Adoption of Ruel was well-received among parents a century ago. See also Rowl.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ru- names: Rube, Ruben, Rubin, Ruby, Rudolf

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ru- names: Rudolfo, Rudolph, Rudy, Ruel, Ruffus

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ru- names: Rufino, Rufus, Rupert

Stems fr. Shona language. "Happiness, elation." Rufare and Rufarod are creative variations.

Ruttger, Rutger, Ruggiero, Ruggero, Rufiger
Forms of Roger. Stems fr. Old German element. "Famous spearman." Rufiger, Ruggiero, etc. are hardly found as male names.

Rufino and variants

Rufino, var. Ruffino
Origin fr. Latin element. "Red-haired." Ruffino (UPPER 11%) and Rufino (19%) appear commonly as last names.

Ruford, var. Rufford
Source fr. Old English. "Red ford; rough ford." Unique, with the masculine-sounding -ord suffix for Ruford, Rufford, like Redford.

Rufus and variants

Rufus, var. Rufous, Ruffus
Based on Latin. "Red-haired." Rufous is unique as a boys' name among the variant forms of Rufus.

From Old English. "Rook fortress." Not Top 2000 name.

Origin fr. Old English language. "Wide river-crossing." Uncommon. Rumford, similar to Rufford, Rockford, has the -ord ending.

Derivative of Old Norse. "Secret." Rune was not among 2018's Top names. See also Ronn.

Rupert and variants

Rupert1, var. Ruprecht1
Rupert is a commonly occurring (UPPER 81%) men's name, whereas Ruprecht is uncommonly used.

Ruprecht2, Ruperto, Rupert2
Var. of Robert. Origin fr. Old German language. "Bright fame." Rupert (UPPER 3%), Ruperto (27%) and Ruprecht (16%) are found regularly as surnames.

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for Ru- names for boys.

1. Ruark - Rupert
Roark [Ruark], Reuben [Ruby, Rube, Rubin, Ruben, Rubino], Ruben [Rubi, Rube, Rubin, Rubino], Rubio, Rudd, Rudiger, Rudolph [Rudi, Rudy, Rudie, Rudey, Rudolf, Rudolfo, Rudolpho, Rudolphus], Rudy [Rudi, Rudee, Rudelle], Rudyard, Reuel [Ruel], Rufaro, Roger [Rutger, Ruttger, Ruggero, Rufiger, Ruggiero], Rufino [Ruffino], Ruford [Rufford], Rufus [Rufous, Ruffus], Rugby, Rumford, Rune, Rupert [Ruprecht], Robert [Rupert, Ruperto, Ruprecht]

Roderick [Ruy, Rurik, Rurek], Rurik, Rush, Rushford, Rushkin, Russell [Russ, Russel], Rousseau [Russo], Ruston [Rusten, Rustin, Rustan, Russton], Rusty [Rustyn], Rutherford [Rutherfurd], Rutland, Rutledge, Rutley, Roy [Ruy]

Usage comparison for Ru- names