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What does the name Ruby mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Ruby

User Submitted Origins

English
60%
American
8%
Latin
8%
French
8%
Mexican
4%
Ganda
4%
Indian (Sanskrit)
4%
Arabic
4%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 2 people from the United States and Australia, the name Ruby is of American / Latin origin and means "Red precious stone".
  2. A user from Australia says the name Ruby means "Precious, rich and beautiful".
  3. A user from Washington, U.S. says the name Ruby means "Precious Jewel".
  4. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Ruby means "Really means of precious stone and that's my name thank you".
  5. A submission from India says the name Ruby means "Precious stone" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
  6. A user from Australia says the name Ruby means "Precious gem".
  7. A user from Washington, U.S. says the name Ruby is of French origin and means "Precious with love".
  8. According to 2 people from Virginia, U.S., the name Ruby is of English origin and means "Red jewel".
  9. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Ruby is of English origin and means "Precious and fragile".
  10. A user from Australia says the name Ruby means "A rare and beautiful gem".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ru"by
Senses
  1. [Min] A precious stone of a carmine red color, sometimes verging to violet, or intermediate between carmine and hyacinth red. It is a red crystallized variety of corundum."Of rubies, sapphires, and pearles white." [Chaucer.]
  2. The color of a ruby; carmine red; a red tint."The natural ruby of your cheeks." [Shak.]
  3. That which has the color of the ruby, as red wine. Hence, a red blain or carbuncle.
  4. [Print] See Agate (n.), 2.(Eng)
  5. [Zoöl] Any species of South American humming birds of the genus Clytolæma. The males have a ruby-colored throat or breast.

Note: ☞ Besides the true or Oriental ruby above defined, there are the balas ruby, or ruby spinel, a red variety of spinel, and the rock ruby, a red variety of garnet.

Etymology: F. rubiscf. Pr. robi), LL. rubinus robinus, fr. L. rubeus red, reddish, akin to ruber. See Rouge red

adjective Ru"by
Ruby-colored; red; as, ruby lips.
verb Ru"by
To make red; to redden.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A deep and vivid red color
  2. A transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
  3. A transparent deep red variety of corundum; used as a gemstone and in lasers
  4. Of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
Wiktionary

The female name derives from ruby in the 19th century.

  1. A female given name from English.
  2. (rare) A surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name.
  4. (computer languages) A dynamic, reflective, general-purpose object-oriented programming language developed in the 1990s.
  5. A city in Alaska.
  6. A ghost town in Arizona
  7. A town in South Carolina.
  8. A town in Wisconsin.
  9. A settlement on the island of Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.
  10. (Cockney rhyming slang) A curry, short for Ruby Murray.
    We're going down the Indian for a - wanna join us?

Ruby was also found in the following language(s): Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Ruby

Notable Persons Named Ruby

Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose is a television presenter, dj, actress, model, vj, recording artist, disc jockey, and vj (media personality). Ruby was given the name Ruby Rose Langenheim on March 20th, 1986 in Melbourne.

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Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges is a philanthropist. Ruby was born on September 8th, 1954 in Tylertown, Mississippi, U.S.

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Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck was an actress. She was most prominent from 1922 to 1986. Barbara was given the name Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16th, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. She passed away on January 20th, 1990.

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Ruby Lin

Ruby Lin is a mandopop and cantopop actress, singer, producer, and artistic director. Her ongoing career started in 1995.

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Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee was an actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, activist, and activism. Her career lasted from 1940 to 2012. Ruby was given the name Ruby Ann Wallace on October 27th, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. She left this life on June 11th, 2014.

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Nanette Fabray

Nanette Fabray is an actress. She was most active from 1924 to 1997. Nanette was given the name Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares on October 27th, 1920 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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  • Ruby Wax
    Comedian
  • Ruby Turner
    Singing
  • Ruby Keeler
    Actress
  • Ruby Aldridge
    Model (people)
  • Julie Parrish
    Actress
  • Ruby Dhalla
    Member of Parliament
  • Sulochana
    Actor
  • Ruby Amanfu
    Musician
  • Ruby Anderson
  • Ruby Payne-Scott
    Scientist
  • Patsy Montana
    Singing
  • Ruby Laffoon
    Governor of Kentucky
  • Ruby Hunter
    Musician
  • Ruby

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruby

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruby

Jack Ruby

Jack Ruby was a nightclub operator, nightclub, and nightcluboperator. Jack was given the name Jacob Leon Rubenstein on March 25th, 1911. He left this life on January 3rd, 1967.

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Ruby

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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby is a in the fields of artist, pottery, collage, and drawing. Sterling was born in 1972 in Bitburg.

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Joe Ruby

He has had major accomplishments since 1960. Joe was given the name Joseph Ruby on March 30th, 1933 in Seattle.

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Harry Ruby

Harry Ruby was a composer and screenwriter. Harry was born on January 27th, 1895 in New York City. He died on February 23rd, 1974.

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Sam Ruby

Sam Ruby is a software developer.

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Common last names for Ruby

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Anderson
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Clark
  • Lewis

Common first names for Ruby

  • John
  • Mary
  • William
  • George
  • James
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • Joseph
  • Frank
  • Margaret
  • Anna
  • Ruth
  • Harold
  • Walter
  • Paul
  • David

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ruby U.S.
  White 88.66% 64.26%
  African American 1.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.59% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ruby

People with the last name Ruby are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ruby

  • What name lists does Ruby rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ruby? Ruby is the 194th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Ruby was the 66th most popular name. As a last name Ruby was the 3,904th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ruby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 358,463 babies born with the first name Ruby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ruby to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ruby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 98 new born babies.
  • When was Ruby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ruby is Thursday, August 4th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Ruby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ruby was in 1924 with a total of 8,406 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ruby!
  • Random Ruby Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruby ranks 82nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 30 babies in Colorado have the same name in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Ruby: The name spelled backwards is Ybur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Byur. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ruby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,091 people with the last name Ruby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ruby? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Ruby as their last name.
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