Gender Feminine
Scripts רוּת(Ancient Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. ROOTH(English) ROOT(German, Spanish)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a Hebrew name that 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. She was a Moabite woman who accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after Ruth's husband died. There she met and married Boaz. She was an ancestor of King David.

As a Christian name, Ruth has been in use since the Protestant Reformation. In England it was associated with the archaic word ruth meaning "pity, compassion" (now only commonly seen in the word ruthless). The name became very popular in America following the birth of "Baby" Ruth Cleveland (1891-1904), the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.

Related Names

VariantsRut(Swedish) Rutt(Estonian) Rut(Spanish)
Other Languages & CulturesRhouth(Biblical Greek) Rut(Biblical Hebrew) Rút(Czech) Ruut(Finnish) Reut, Rut(Hebrew) Rut(Icelandic) Ruta(Latvian) Rūta(Lithuanian) Ruta(Polish) Rute(Portuguese) Ruf(Russian) Rút(Slovak)
Same SpellingRuth 2


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Austria: September 1
Denmark: August 8
Estonia: January 4
France: October 2
Spain: June 4


Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1828)Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1828)


Entry updated April 5, 2022