Ruth name meaning

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

Origin and Meaning of Ruth

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Zambia, the name Ruth is of African origin and means "Competition of friends companion".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Ruth is of Hebrew origin and means "Companion or compassionate friend".
  3. A submission from Israel says the name Ruth means "Ruth was a Moabite princess who became the great-grandmother of King David. (Reut means a friend or companion)" and is of Jewish origin.
  4. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Ruth is of Hebrew origin and means "Companion or friend".
  5. A user from Zambia says the name Ruth is of Hebrew origin and means "A friend or companion".
  6. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Ruth means "Friend, Beauty, Fame" and is of African origin.
  7. A user from Australia says the name Ruth is of Hebrew origin and means "Vision of beauty, friend, empathy".
  8. A submission from Oregon, U.S. says the name Ruth means "Friend of Beauty" and is of Hebrew origin.
  9. A submission from the United States says the name Ruth means "Friend" and is of Hebrew origin.
  10. A submission from France says the name Ruth means "Friend. Compassion" and is of Hebrew origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ruth
  1. Sorrow for the misery of another; pity; tenderness.(Poetic)"They weep for ruth."Chaucer."Have ruthof the poor."Piers Plowman."To stir up gentle ruth, Both for her noble blood, and for her tender youth." [Spenser.]
  2. That which causes pity or compassion; misery; distress; a pitiful sight.(Obs)"It had been hard this ruth for to see." [Chaucer.]"With wretched miseries and woeful ruth." [Spenser.]

Etymology: From Rue (v.): cf. Icel. hryggð hrygð

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A book of the Old Testament that tells the story of Ruth who was not an Israelite but who married an Israelite and who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi after her husband died
  2. A feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
  3. The great-grandmother of king David whose story is told in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament
  4. United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)

From Ruth the Moabite, Hebrew רות‎, of uncertain origin, possibly meaning "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth by Puritans.

  1. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
    Synonym: Rth. (abbreviation)
  2. Ruth, the resident of Moab around whom the text centers.
  3. A female given name from Hebrew.
  4. A census-designated place in White Pine County, Nevada, United States.
  5. A census-designated place in Trinity County, California, United States.

Ruth was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ruth

Notable Persons Named Ruth

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a judge. Ruth was born on March 15th, 1933.

Bette Davis

Bette Davis was an actress. She was most active from 1929 to 1989. Bette was given the name Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5th, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S. She left this life on October 6th, 1989.

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga is an actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Ruth was born Ruth Negga in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Ruth was born on January 13th, 1982 in Ashford, Middlesex, England.

Ruth Williams Khama

Ruth was born on December 9th, 1923 in Blackheath, London. Ruth is also known as First Lady of Botswana. She left this life on May 22nd, 2002.

Ruth B

Ruth B is a musician. Her ongoing career started in 2013. Ruth was given the name Ruth Berhe on July 2nd, 1995 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruth

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruth

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was a baseball player. Babe was born on February 6th, 1895 in Baltimore. He passed away on August 16th, 1948.

Betsy Ruth

Betsy was born on January 17th, 1985 in Ruskin, Florida, United States.

Dorothy Ruth

Dorothy was born on June 7th, 1921. She died on May 18th, 1989.

Roy Del Ruth

Roy Del Ruth was a film director. He was most active from 1929 to 1929. Roy was born on October 18th, 1893. He left this life on April 27th, 1961.

Nancy Ruth

Nancy Ruth is a Senator for Cluny, Ontario, and SenatorforCluny. Nancy was born on January 6th, 1942 in Toronto.

Taylor Ruth

Taylor was born on January 13th, 1905. She breathed her last breath on April 12th, 1984.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ruth U.S.
  White 82.54% 64.26%
  African American 11.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.49% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.57% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ruth

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ruth

  • What name lists does Ruth rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ruth? Ruth is the 60th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ruth was the 2,414th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ruth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 829,023 babies born with the first name Ruth in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ruth to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ruth? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 234 new born babies.
  • When was Ruth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ruth is Thursday, May 12th, 1825.
  • What year had the most people named Ruth born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ruth was in 1920 with a total of 26,102 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ruth!
  • Random Ruth Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruth ranks 11th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 347 babies in Tennessee have the same name in 1929.
  • Weird things about the name Ruth: The name spelled backwards is Htur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hrtu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ruth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,012 people with the last name Ruth.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ruth? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Ruth as their last name.
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