Given Name REUBEN

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: רְאוּבֵן (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: ROO-bən (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Means "behold, a son" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Reuben was cursed by his father because he slept with Jacob's concubine Bilhah. It has been used as a Christian name in Britain since the Protestant Reformation.

Categories

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VARIANT: Reuven (Hebrew)
DIMINUTIVE: Rube (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Rouben, Ruben (Armenian), Rouben (Biblical Greek), Reuven (Biblical Hebrew), Ruben (Biblical Latin), Ruben (Danish), Ruben (Dutch), Ruuben (Finnish), Ruben (French), Ruben (Norwegian), Rúben, Rubinho (Portuguese), Rubem, Rubens (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Rubén (Spanish), Ruben (Swedish)
Entry updated December 8, 2017