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GenderMasculine
Scriptsרְאוּבֵן Hebrew
PronouncedPron.ROO-bən English
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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.
VariantReuven Hebrew
DiminutiveRube English
Other Languages & CulturesRouben, 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

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Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute