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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ruben

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  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Ruben means "Lion" and is of Hebrew origin.
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Wiktionary

From Hebrew רְאוּבֵן (r'uvén).

  1. A male given name, a variant spelling of Reuben.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Ruben was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, French, German, Norwegian, Serbo-Croatian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ruben

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Ruben was born on January 23rd, 1996 in Lewisham, England.

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Rubén Blades is an actor, singer, songwriter, activist, and politician. He was most prominent from 1960 to present. Rubén was given the name Rubén Blades Bellido de Luna on July 16th, 1948 in Panama City.

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Ruben Studdard is a pop music, contemporary r&b, and gospel music singing and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Ruben was given the name Christopher Ruben Studdard on September 12th, 1978 in Frankfurt.

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Rubén Yáñez is a soccer player for the Real Madrid C.F., Girona FC, Real Madrid C, Real Madrid Castilla, and Spain national under-20 football team. Rubén was born on October 12th, 1993 in Blanes, Spain.

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Rubén Darío was a writer. Rubén was given the name Félix Rubén García Sarmiento on January 18th, 1867 in Metapa, today known as Ciudad Darío, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. He passed away on February 6th, 1916.

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Rúben Neves is a soccer player for the FC Porto, Padroense F.C., Portugal national under-16 football team, Portugal national under-17 football team, and Portugal national under-18 football team. Rúben was born on March 13th, 1997 in Mozelos, Portugal. Rúben is also known as da Silva Neves and Rúben Diogo.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruben

Marco Ruben is a soccer player for the Rosario Central, Club Atlético River Plate, Villarreal CF, Recreativo de Huelva, Villarreal CF B, FC Dynamo Kyiv, Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C., Tigres UANL, and Argentina national football team. Marco was born on October 26th, 1986 in Capitán Bermúdez.

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Ruben is a film editor. Ruben was given the name Livingston Antony Ruben on November 15th, 1986 in Kumbakonam. Ruben is also known as Anthony L. Ruben.

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Joseph Ruben is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, and producer. He was most prominent from 1974 to present. Joseph was born on May 10th, 1950 in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

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Aaron Ruben was a director, producer, and writer. His career lasted from 1952 to 1996. Aaron was born on March 1st, 1914. He breathed his last breath on January 30th, 2010.

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Samuel was born on July 14th, 1900. He died on July 16th, 1988.

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Sam Ruben was a scientist in the fields of physical chemistry and biochemistry. Sam was born on November 5th, 1913 in San Francisco. He passed away on September 28th, 1943.

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How popular is the baby name Ruben in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 30 0 30
1881 21 0 21
1882 34 0 34
1883 30 0 30
1884 28 0 28
1885 28 0 28
1886 40 0 40
1887 34 0 34
1888 21 0 21
1889 33 0 33
1890 25 0 25
1891 25 0 25
1892 44 0 44
1893 41 0 41
1894 33 0 33
1895 37 0 37
1896 49 0 49
1897 42 0 42
1898 45 0 45
1899 32 0 32
1900 50 0 50
1901 35 0 35
1902 45 0 45
1903 50 0 50
1904 38 0 38
1905 41 0 41
1906 52 0 52
1907 62 0 62
1908 60 0 60
1909 71 0 71
1910 83 0 83
1911 59 0 59
1912 134 0 134
1913 154 0 154
1914 199 0 199
1915 256 0 256
1916 237 0 237
1917 289 0 289
1918 286 0 286
1919 292 0 292
1920 336 0 336
1921 357 0 357
1922 361 0 361
1923 368 0 368
1924 398 0 398
1925 432 5 427
1926 440 0 440
1927 478 0 478
1928 500 7 493
1929 484 0 484
1930 521 5 516
1931 465 0 465
1932 475 6 469
1933 405 7 398
1934 443 0 443
1935 488 0 488
1936 489 7 482
1937 496 7 489
1938 455 10 445
1939 450 0 450
1940 448 5 443
1941 469 7 462
1942 512 0 512
1943 544 0 544
1944 512 6 506
1945 560 0 560
1946 654 6 648
1947 737 0 737
1948 914 5 909
1949 1,006 9 997
1950 1,040 15 1,025
1951 1,050 10 1,040
1952 1,104 6 1,098
1953 1,209 7 1,202
1954 1,275 16 1,259
1955 1,301 11 1,290
1956 1,381 15 1,366
1957 1,388 6 1,382
1958 1,380 5 1,375
1959 1,367 9 1,358
1960 1,370 11 1,359
1961 1,392 10 1,382
1962 1,390 10 1,380
1963 1,264 5 1,259
1964 1,354 9 1,345
1965 1,156 6 1,150
1966 1,204 6 1,198
1967 1,183 8 1,175
1968 1,146 7 1,139
1969 1,249 12 1,237
1970 1,339 13 1,326
1971 1,333 11 1,322
1972 1,339 16 1,323
1973 1,322 12 1,310
1974 1,394 11 1,383
1975 1,386 10 1,376
1976 1,376 11 1,365
1977 1,379 14 1,365
1978 1,385 6 1,379
1979 1,414 16 1,398
1980 1,509 21 1,488
1981 1,482 9 1,473
1982 1,483 13 1,470
1983 1,508 14 1,494
1984 1,390 16 1,374
1985 1,474 21 1,453
1986 1,388 7 1,381
1987 1,536 9 1,527
1988 1,608 16 1,592
1989 1,611 16 1,595
1990 1,755 11 1,744
1991 1,750 18 1,732
1992 1,814 9 1,805
1993 1,760 11 1,749
1994 1,737 13 1,724
1995 1,703 6 1,697
1996 1,667 5 1,662
1997 1,600 5 1,595
1998 1,587 5 1,582
1999 1,649 12 1,637
2000 1,722 6 1,716
2001 1,735 0 1,735
2002 1,571 0 1,571
2003 1,655 0 1,655
2004 1,606 5 1,601
2005 1,469 5 1,464
2006 1,593 0 1,593
2007 1,477 0 1,477
2008 1,354 0 1,354
2009 1,203 6 1,197
2010 1,102 0 1,102
2011 975 0 975
2012 957 0 957
2013 887 0 887
2014 892 0 892
2015 862 0 862
2016 797 0 797
2017 745 0 745

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Popularity of Ruben as a first name

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Popularity of Ruben as a last name

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Common last names for Ruben

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  • Perez
  • Smith
  • Sanchez
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ruben U.S.
  White 67.93% 64.26%
  African American 15.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ruben

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ruben

  • What name lists does Ruben rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ruben? Ruben is the 602nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Ruben was the 11,026th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ruben have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 111,845 babies born with the first name Ruben in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ruben to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ruben? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 30 new born babies.
  • When was Ruben first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ruben is Wednesday, January 30th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Ruben born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ruben was in 1992 with a total of 1,805 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ruben!
  • Random Ruben Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruben ranks 75th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 20 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Ruben: Your name in reverse order is Nebur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Urenb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ruben? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,884 people with the last name Ruben.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ruben? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ruben as their last name since less than 1 person in 102k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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