Reuben name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Reuben

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  1. According to 5 people from all over the world, the name Reuben is of Hebrew origin and means "Behold a son".
  2. According to a user from Australia, the name Reuben is of Amharic origin and means "See my son".
  3. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name Reuben means "BROTHER".
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  1. A hot sandwich with corned beef and Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread
  2. (Old Testment) a son of Jacob and forefather of one of the tribes of Israel
  • From Hebrew רְאוּבֵן‎ (r'uvén), from רְאוּ‎ (r'ú, “see [masculine plural imperative]”) + בֵּן‎ (ben, “son”); its literal meaning is therefore roughly, "See, all: a son!"
  • There are several unconfirmed etymologies for the name of the sandwich.
  1. (biblical) First son of Jacob, by his wife Leah.
  2. (biblical) One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Reuben.
  3. A male given name.
  4. A grilled or toasted sandwich made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and either Russian dressing or Thousand Island dressing.

Notable Persons Named Reuben

Notable Persons Named Reuben

Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg was an engineer, sculptor, news reporter, and cartoonist. Rube was given the name Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg on July 4th, 1883 in San Francisco, California, U.S. He left this life on December 7th, 1970.

Reuben Foster

Reuben Foster is an athlete. Reuben was born on April 4th, 1994 in Alabama.

Richard Brooks

Richard was given the name Reuben Sax on May 18th, 1912 in Philadelphia. He left this life on March 11th, 1992.

Reuben Morgan

Reuben Morgan is a gospel music and instrumental musician. He has been prominent since 1996. Reuben was given the name Reuben Timothy Morgan .

Reuben Reid

Reuben Reid is a soccer player for the Plymouth Argyle F.C., Kidderminster Harriers F.C., Rochdale A.F.C., Torquay United F.C., Wycombe Wanderers F.C., Brentford F.C., Rotherham United F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C., Peterborough United F.C., Walsall F.C., Oldham Athletic A.F.C., and Yeovil T. Reuben was born on July 26th, 1988 in Bristol, England.

Reuben Fine

Reuben Fine was a chess player. He holds the title Grandmaster and Grandmaster (chess). Reuben was born Reuben Fine on October 11th, 1914. He passed away on March 26th, 1993.

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    Military Person
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    Radio Host
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    Soccer Player
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    American Football Player
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    Rugby Player
  • Reuben Eaton Fenton
    Governor of New York
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    The Citadel
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Notable Persons With the Last Name Reuben

Notable Persons With the Last Name Reuben

Gloria Reuben

Gloria Reuben is an actress, singer, producer, actor, and singing. Her ongoing career started in 1985. Gloria was given the name Gloria Elizabeth Reuben on June 9th, 1964 in Toronto.

John Reuben

John Reuben is a hip hop music, alternative hip hop, and christian hip hop music artist (occupation). He was most active from 1994 to present. John was given the name John Reuben Zappin on January 14th, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio, United States.

Scott Reuben

Scott Reuben is an anesthesiologist. Scott was born in 1958.

David Reuben

David was born on November 29th, 1933.

K. Reuben

K. Reuben is a soccer player for the PDRM FA, Selangor FA, ATM FA, Malaysia national under-23 football team, and Malaysia national football team. K. was born on April 2nd, 1990 in Petaling Jaya.

Emilio Reuben

Emilio Reuben is a soccer player for the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Club Atlético Independiente, Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Club Atlético Lanús, Racing Club de Montevideo, and Deportivo Cali. Emilio was born in Canada.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Reuben U.S.
  White 46.98% 64.26%
  African American 33.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Reuben

People with the last name Reuben are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Reuben

  • How Popular is the name Reuben? Reuben is the 1,394th most popular name of all time. As a last name Reuben was the 21,774th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Reuben have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30,450 babies born with the first name Reuben in the United States. That's more than enough people named Reuben to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Reuben? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 92 new born babies.
  • When was Reuben first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Reuben is Wednesday, March 6th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Reuben born? The highest recorded use of the first name Reuben was in 1920 with a total of 465 babies.
  • Random Reuben Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Reuben ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 25 babies in North Dakota have the same name in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Reuben: The name spelled backwards is Nebuer. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nbeeru. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Reuben? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,194 people with the last name Reuben.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Reuben? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Reuben as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Reuben name meaning

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