RUTH (1)
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: רוּת (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: ROOTH (English), ROOT (German)   [key]
Meaning & History
From a Hebrew name which was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת (re'ut) meaning "friend". This is the name of the central character in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament, a Moabite woman who was the ancestor of King David. As a Christian name, Ruth has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. It became very popular in America following the birth of "Baby" Ruth Cleveland (1891-1904), the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Rut (Swedish), Rut (Spanish)
DIMINUTIVE: Ruthie (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Routh (Biblical Greek), Rut (Biblical Hebrew), Ruut (Finnish), Rut (Hebrew), Rut (Icelandic), Rūta (Lithuanian), Ruta (Polish), Rute (Portuguese), Ruf (Russian)
Popularity
United States  ranked #329 
England/Wales  ranked #451 
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Ireland  ranked #97 
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