Ruth Name Meaning

An emblem of loyalty and unselfishness, in allusion to the Biblical character who said to Naomi: Whither thou goest, 1 will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy Lord my Lord;.

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Ruth Name Popularity

How popular is the name Ruth? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 5 7,209 2.0475%
1911 5 7,995 2.147%
1912 5 11,276 2.236%
1913 5 12,607 2.2236%
1914 5 15,835 2.2722%
1915 5 21,878 2.408%
1916 5 23,190 2.4006%
1917 5 23,568 2.3558%
1918 5 25,534 2.3792%
1919 5 24,565 2.346%
1920 5 26,101 2.3475%
1921 5 25,783 2.2517%
1922 5 23,629 2.1209%
1923 6 23,637 2.1104%
1924 6 23,601 2.0324%
1925 6 22,248 1.9684%
1926 6 20,218 1.8382%
1927 6 19,417 1.7541%
1928 6 17,861 1.6693%
1929 8 16,015 1.5461%
1930 10 14,937 1.43%
1931 11 13,125 1.3298%
1932 11 12,255 1.2404%
1933 13 11,137 1.1954%
1934 13 10,567 1.0931%
1935 15 9,985 1.0275%
1936 16 9,213 0.9564%
1937 15 9,598 0.974%
1938 21 9,301 0.9085%
1939 22 9,056 0.8903%
1940 24 8,879 0.8354%
1941 28 8,860 0.7872%
1942 33 9,308 0.7371%
1943 33 9,365 0.7174%
1944 32 8,671 0.6996%
1945 33 8,041 0.6593%
1946 38 8,472 0.5742%
1947 44 8,481 0.5081%
1948 45 7,904 0.4951%
1949 47 7,651 0.4756%
1950 49 7,127 0.4426%
1951 53 7,075 0.4173%
1952 57 6,953 0.3983%
1953 62 6,577 0.3716%
1954 66 6,567 0.3592%
1955 70 6,183 0.3361%
1956 77 6,072 0.3215%
1957 84 5,667 0.2945%
1958 90 5,246 0.2776%
1959 97 5,052 0.2659%
1960 97 4,943 0.2609%
1961 96 4,888 0.2589%
1962 104 4,292 0.2338%
1963 113 3,866 0.2154%
1964 114 3,625 0.2059%
1965 118 3,230 0.1975%
1966 128 2,837 0.1817%
1967 144 2,415 0.1591%
1968 149 2,143 0.1427%
1969 167 1,897 0.1231%
1970 177 1,804 0.1134%
1971 189 1,615 0.1075%
1972 200 1,365 0.1002%
1973 202 1,241 0.0957%
1974 195 1,282 0.0986%
1975 200 1,207 0.0939%
1976 207 1,170 0.0908%
1977 212 1,162 0.0862%
1978 212 1,188 0.0884%
1979 218 1,178 0.0835%
1980 209 1,224 0.0837%
1981 207 1,245 0.0847%
1982 221 1,157 0.0774%
1983 224 1,096 0.0743%
1984 223 1,137 0.0764%
1985 232 1,089 0.0717%
1986 239 1,053 0.0698%
1987 249 995 0.0652%
1988 256 968 0.0621%
1989 274 953 0.0591%
1990 310 852 0.0514%
1991 289 939 0.0576%
1992 324 805 0.0504%
1993 314 817 0.0524%
1994 316 829 0.054%
1995 324 805 0.0534%
1996 349 762 0.0509%
1997 335 817 0.0552%
1998 344 816 0.0545%
1999 345 836 0.0558%
2000 348 856 0.056%
2001 328 918 0.0609%
2002 337 867 0.0579%
2003 350 843 0.0554%
2004 350 877 0.0575%
2005 351 866 0.0566%
2006 360 867 0.0554%
2007 344 923 0.0585%
2008 360 881 0.057%
2009 349 890 0.0595%
2010 339 904 0.0627%
2011 349 877 0.0616%
2012 333 902 0.0633%
2013 322 962 0.0676%
2014 307 1,027 0.0705%
2015 287 1,066 0.0733%
2016 292 1,063 0.0737%
2017 257 1,184 0.0848%
2018 258 1,212 0.0882%
2019 224 1,315 0.0971%

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Names Like Ruth

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What names are variants of Ruth?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Ruth.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ruthe

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthelle

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthellen

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthetta

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthi

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthie

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthina

Friend, companion

Hebrew

Ruthine

Friend, companion

Hebrew


What names sound like Ruth?

If you like how Ruth sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ruth.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Reta

Greek

Retha

Excellence; righteous

Greek

Rita

Right

Spanish

Rudi

German

Ruta

Regret

English


What names are similar to Ruth?

Find a name that’s like Ruth, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Raisa

Rose

Yiddish

Ruthann

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3 Comments

  1. RUTH is a very special name to my husband and I because it is his mother’s name and also his aunty’s name who is married to my uncle and both of them passed.

  2. We named our daughter after her great grandmother, Ruth. We also loved that it was a biblical name and not very trendy or popular right now.

    Cecilia (middle name) is after St. Cecilia, the saint of music. My husband and I are both music lovers and this was a great tribute to that and our Catholic faith.

  3. It was my husband’s grandmother’s name, plus it’s a Bible name. Our first four girls have Bible names, so this was our next choice. She (Ruth of the Bible) was so devoted, hard-working, responsible; a lovely woman to be named after.


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