I can't believe nobody has brought up the famous actress Ruth Buzzi yet. Ruth Buzzi was one of the most famous performers on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and she played her signature character Gladys Ormphby. She stood out in the 1960s for her very unique personality and looks.
The English dictionary defines Ruth as:
1. Pity or compassion.
2. Sorrow or grief.
3. Self-reproach; contrition; remorse.
If you wanna name your child Ruth, GO FOR IT! Who cares what anyone else thinks? It's a sweet, classic name with a beautiful meaning. No, it's not an "old lady name". Anything can become an old lady name, given enough time, because little girls grow up to be old ladies! Even Ruth in the Bible has a really sweet autumnal love story. And how are we going to stop it being seen as an "old lady name" if we don't bequeath it to our children? Ruth is refined and gorgeous. Ruth is a gem.
Ru Ru

It's really cute!
Ruth is as pretty as a picture. Really sweet.
Ruth is so pretty! I think that it should totally be used more. I think it sounds, mysterious in a way. It's like fine wine, it ages well.
Alyssa Ruth would be a sweet combination.
Ru can be a sweet nickname.
Ruth means compassion. It stands for friendship and empathy.
Ruth may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it doesn't have to be. Sometimes, even if they don't have a universally loved sound, they suit the bearer of the name. To me, Ruth sounds innocent, like someone with a very loving heart. It does have a feminine touch to it but it's not overly girly (not like that's a bad thing either).
I think Ruth is very sweet. Someone mentioned that Ruthie would set the child up for teasing because it sounds like "roofie", but in my opinion, it's not very empathetic to make or laugh at jokes like that in the first place. The fault lies with the person making such a distasteful joke, not with the innocent bearer of the name.
From reading these somewhat ignorant comments about the name Ruth, from people who seem to know nothing of what it is like to be privileged with the name Ruth, it is clear that these people have no idea of what it is like to be a person of (what this website suggests itself) great intellect, strength and refinery.
The meaning is great but I don't want to lie, I find the sound absolutely hideous.
A sweet, classic name with a nice meaning.
Ruth is also French and Estonian (used alongside Rutt in Estonia). The name day for Ruth in France is October 2. The name day for Ruth in Estonia is January 4. [noted -ed]
It's alright, best as a middle name in my opinion.
Rest in Power, Ruth Bader Ginsburg! A notorious American hero. In my Opinion this name will always suggest: independent, intelligent, assiduous. Simple, classically beautiful, and worthy of a renaissance.
Ninety year old neighbor lady name! I would absolutely hate to be stuck with this name throughout life!
I think it sounds sweet...
If you are a fan of flouncy names, I would suggest you stray from Ruth. It is simple and understated. It may not be as girly but it has an interesting appeal. She will likely be the only one in her class, maybe among a handful in her school, but it is original and unparalleled. Ruth has a noble meaning and a long history.
In this world of Avas and Emmas, Ruth is a rare classic, beautiful while retaining strength. The First Ruth, perhaps, was Ruth from the Bible. The Book of Ruth tells a charming and romantic love story, the tale of Ruth and Boaz, which is set in the golden season of autumn. Ruth is like Beth, short and sweet. It promises resilience and friendship - Ruth means compassion, and the R gives it a touch of power.
My daughter's middle name is Ruth. It goes well with her first name Anna, Anna Ruth. It's pretty and yet quiet strength.
Simple and pretty with a lovely meaning and Biblical background.
Not bad!
I kind of like it.
My grandmother was named Ruth. I used to hate it but it's started to grow on me some. I like that it means "friend" and I'm considering it for a daughter after Notorious RBG, who is my hero. I also knew one Ruth while I was in college. We didn't talk much, but she really owned her name and didn't hide behind any nicknames or anything, which I found admirable.
The female version of Buddy.
An ultimate "old lady" name. It should be against the law for anyone under the age of 80 to have this name. It also doesn't sound pretty or feminine, just harsh and abrupt.
It's kind of weird that people with such silly usernames on this website, like 'Vomiting' or 'Myfartssmellgood', actually tend to leave nice, sincere comments, instead of mocking or sarcastic ones. I myself think Ruth is okay, even though it's still a bit harsh, but does have a good history and meaning.
In 2018, 85 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ruth who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 117th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
I like the name Ruth. I kinda wish it was my name :)
Not bad:)
I respect the history and meaning of this name, but I don't like it. It doesn't sound feminine.
My middle name. It sounds okay with my first name. It was my great grandmother's name and my mom's middle name, and I would like to use it as my daughter's, if I have one's, middle name.
Ruth Zakarian is an American actress, model and beauty queen who was the winner of the first ever Miss Teen USA pageant, held in 1983 in Lakeland, Florida. She went on to compete in Miss USA 1984 as Miss Teen USA 1983.
Better suited for a dog in my opinion.
This is a one of my favorite Biblical feminine names, it sounds yet feminine and isn't as popular as Sarah or Abigail. If you want a Biblical name for your daughter, I recommend this one.
As my middle name, it's fine with Eileen. It was my great grandmother's name and I like how it's not like some modern name... Like Alyssa, Elyse, or Maya.
Baby Ruth candy bars were named after Grover Cleveland's daughter. She was born between his two terms of office which was popular. She died of heart problems at 14.
Born: October 3, 1891, New York City, NY
Died: January 7, 1904, Princeton, NJ
She was very famous, and mourned by many. She was known as Baby Ruth. Babe Ruth was a last name (not a famous bearer).
The name is also used in Iceland.
A very tough name for a young girl to have.
Why is everyone suggesting 'Ruthie' as a nickname? So many teasing opportunities and bad connotations, your child would be mercilessly bullied with that pet name. It sounds like 'Rufie', which is slang for rohypnol. You might be shaking your heads and saying 'Oh, kids won't know what that means,' but believe me, they will- I should know. I'm 13 and I don't think that a single one of my friends- some of whom are only eleven- wouldn't snigger when hearing that nickname.
On the plus side, minus the nickname, it's gorgeous. My friend's name is Caitlin Ruth, and it's lovely on her.
Never heard of rohypnol. I think Ruthie is super cute. Ruth used to remind me of ruthless but that's actually the opposite of what it means, and I'm liking it a lot lately. Such a cute name with a wonderful Biblical connection! I also like its similarity to Ruby - perhaps a Ruby could be honored with the name Ruth if someone likes one and not the other (or vice versa.)
No offense to anyone who has or likes it, but I've always disliked this name. It just sounds so plain and boring, but also cold and way too rough. I just tend to like more soft, sweet, feminine-sounding names. The nickname Ruthie is a tad better though.
Ruth... a classic Biblical name that is not used as much today as it deserves. If you want to be you-neek, yet classy rather than ignorant, name your daughter Ruth and forget about naming her Paizleigh or Kennidee. Be warned--your baby daughter will grow up into a senior citizen.
We are about to name our daughter Ruth. I love it. She will be Ruthie as a child, Ruthless playing sports, Ruthifer in her teen years and Ruth as a professional adult.
I can't believe no one has mentioned the character Ruth May from The Poisonwood Bible. She is the youngest daughter of the Price family. Her family goes on a mission trip to the Congo. She dies after getting bitten by a snake, which causes her family to fall apart.
I really like the name Ruth. It's simple yet elegant. The meaning "friend" is cute. ^_^
Swedish people use 'Rut' (pronounced kind of like 'root').
I'm glad this name is still on the charts. It's really cute.
American actress Ruth Hussey (1911-2005).
Women were little girls once too, and little girls grow into women! You can't label a name as a "women's name", that just doesn't make sense. I would rather meet 100 little girls named Ruth than another one with a cutesy, modern name that will never fit her when she grows up. Ruth is a very sweet name, although the ending does sound a bit harsh. But that can always be fixed with the nickname Ruthie, which is absolutely adorable more youthful than just Ruth.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice, and was also the first Jewish woman to appointed to the Court.
Ruth is a woman's name.
Not a little girl.
This name is so sweet! It makes a really good middle name, I'd use it for sure!
This was the name of Rose's snobbish, elitist mother in James Cameron's Titanic. Nice name despite the negative association.
Czech pronunciation is "ROOT".
I don't like Ruth. It sounds harsh and unattractive.
For once I can say this is a likable name for a grandma's name. So, from the list of granny names this one comes close to pleasant. Nice meaning it has at least.
It's classic and timeless, yet relatively underused. However, I detest the nickname "Ruthie". I think Ru would be much cuter.
Ruth is a character in Kazuo Ishiguro's amazing (and depressing) novel Never Let Me Go, played by Keira Knightley in the film adaptation.
My grandmother's name. She is a wonderful lady. Her name suits her very well. I believe it is a timeless name that has a wonderful meaning.
Such a sweet meaning!
Not really a famous bearer, but Ross and Rachel considered this for their baby on Friends. They decided against it, when Rachel said "We'll have our very own Baby Ruth".
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible names lists the meaning of Ruth as "satisfied." Or, possibly, "fulfilled."

Ruth, her husband Boaz and their son Obed are mentioned in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew 1:5.

The Greek form of Ruth is as follows:
Ruth Etting (November 23, 1897 – September 24, 1978) was an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s, who had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio, and film.
This is my mother's name. Her mother named her after the bible character. My mother is very kind, hard working and funny. Whenever I hear this name I think of her. Also this seems to be a very adult name. Maybe you can cute it up by giving the nickname Ruthie for small children.
Ruth "Ruthie" Camden was a character on the once-popular show "Seventh Heaven." She was played by Mackenzie Rosman. The show ran from 1996-2007.
Come back!
Ruth is also named as an ancestress of Christ in Matthew 1:5.

In Greek, Ruth is written as follows:

And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

In the Hebrew Old Testament, Ruth is written as follows:
I've always liked that my name is easy to spell and pronounce and that it is uncommon.

On the downside, it isn't very feminine and there are no nicknames!
This was my grandmother's middle name. Naomi Ruth, I love that combo, because Naomi was Ruth's mother-in-law in the Bible. I absolutely love this name, it's fantastic. Even if it has no nicknames. Maybe Ruthie while she's little.
I never used to like this name, but it's growing on me. No nicknames though.
I think Ruth is the type of name that is beautiful because of its simple, understated elegance.
And to the person who said it reminded them of "ruthless," it's funny because you think it's the opposite! Being full of "Ruth" instead of being "ruthless"! :) Did that even make any sense? o_0
Ruth Condomine in Noel Coward's comedy, "Blithe Spirit"! (I played this character when we did the play at our school, and it was fun, though the character was a bit snobbish and overbearing :)
My younger niece is named Ruth. I used to think that this was one of those good-in-theory-not-in-real-life names, but now I have to admit I've grown very fond of it. It has a nice classic sound, a beautiful Bible story, and a good meaning all connected to it.
I love names like this that contain so much beauty in just one syllable. And another great thing is that it's not a very common name!
This would have been my name if I hadn't been named Jessica. It's a shame, because I really like it! The fact that it means "friend" is just so sweet, and it sounds very mature, but in a nice and not cold sort of way. Plus I also think of the chocolate bar, and the early to mid-1900's, my favorite time in history.
It reminds me of ruthless.
Kate Bush's song "Running up That Hill" is oftentimes referred to as "RUTH" by her fans. I think it is a lovely name and I like the association with Kate Bush.
I don't like the fact that it's an anagram of hurt.
Like a previous commenter from 2008, I unfortunately can’t get past the fact that it’s an anagram of “hurt”. Having only four letters makes it more noticeable. Shame.
I have a friend called this of whom we nickname 'Rufus'. Probably not a common nickname; but one nevertheless.
Ruth Connors is a character in Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones".
I love this name. It was my great aunt's name and I would like to use it if I ever have children. I also think the Biblical Ruth would be a perfect person to be named for.
Ruth is pretty while still being simple and direct.
I like my name, but the problem is that I am a physician and so I always get the "Dr. Ruth" jokes. Hopefully by the time children that are born now are adults, no one will remember her.
Rather rough, if you ask me.
Ruth, a "Piratical Maid of all work," is a character from Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" (1879).
Ruth Jameson is the main female character in Gene Stratton-Porter's novel "The Harvester."
A nice, short, sweet name that everyone can spell and pronounce - what's not to like?
I love the name Ruth espescially Ruth Marie. You can call her Ruthie when she is younger and Ruth when she is older.
Such a cute name! It looks good on all ages. I'm glad more people are discovering it.
This is one of the few names you can't go wrong with, in my opinion!
I think this is a nice, sweet name. My Mom had considered naming me Ruth. I think a nice nickname is Ruthie when the girl is little and then when she is older she can go by Ruth if she wants a more adult name.
Ruth Huckaback is a character in R. D. Blackmore's novel "Lorna Doone."
Makes me think of Baby Ruth and Babe Ruth.
Ruth Wilson is an English actress best known for playing the title character in the 2006 BBC miniseries "Jane Eyre."
Ruth Roman (December 22, 1922 – September 9, 1999) was an American actress. She was born Norma Roman in the Boston suburb of Lynn, Massachusetts and as a young girl pursued her desire to become an actress by enrolling in the prestigious Bishop Lee Dramatic School in Boston. Following completion of her studies Roman headed to Hollywood where she obtained bit parts in several films before being cast in the title role in the 1945 thirteen episode serial Jungle Queen.

In the early 1950s, The Jungle Queen became one of the television serials that brought Roman a whole new audience of baby boomers. In 1949 she had a secondary but important role in the acclaimed 1949 film, Champion. In one of her most memorable roles, Roman costarred with Farley Granger and Robert Walker in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train (1951).
There is an author named Ruth Rendell aka Barbara Vine.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Ruth here:
Ruth has been on the top 1000 list since the 1880's. Its most popular year was 1900 to 1910 where it ranked 5. In 1890 and 1920 it ranked 6. Its popularity began to slide in 1950. The name Ruthann appeared on the top 1000 list in 1930 and 1940 where it ranked 878 and 518.
I do like my name and I feel that the meaning of my name does stand true in my character. The difficult thing is being a faithful friend even when others have let you down. But somehow it's who you are - your name! I also have compassion for others who have been through difficulties. People say I have a soft beauty, a gentle nature. I am a Christian also!
I always associate the name Ruth with the girl that Arnold had a crush on in the Nickelodeon show "Hey Arnold!" I really love it, and I'm glad it's not as popular as it used to be. :)
Hollywood legend Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis. Since her mother was also named Ruth, Bette used her nickname throughout her life.
Ruth Horáčková is songwriter Michal Horáček´s daughter.
I have always heard that Ruth meant "peace."
This was my mom's name. Unfortunately she didn't like it. She used to say, with a grimace, "It rhymes with tooth."
Also used in Portugal.
This always makes me think of Ruth Jamison from "Fried Green Tomatoes." I love that movie!
Ruth Jones was the birth name of famous blues, jazz and gospel singer Dinah Washington.
This name I think is very pretty because it sounds cute when you're little, and still is professional when you're an adult.
The little girl in the cartoon "One Big Happy" is called Ruthie. She is named after her grandmother who is also featured in the script.
Means "Compassion" in English as the antonym of the word ruthless. May also mean "Beloved" from the the word Hebrew word Rut.
Ruth is the fifth book in Lori Copeland's Brides of the West series. It's a sweet story, I think.

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