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Ruby

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347k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
9k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Ruby mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Ruby

"Ruby" is a name of English origin, and it means "Red Gemstone". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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.
  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?

Notable Persons Named Ruby

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

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

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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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 is a leading somebody.

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

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Joe Ruby is an important individual. 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 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 is a software developer.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 98 92 6
1881 119 119 0
1882 136 136 0
1883 163 163 0
1884 244 244 0
1885 277 272 5
1886 306 301 5
1887 318 309 9
1888 457 445 12 #94 girl name
1889 527 522 5 #78 girl name
1890 545 540 5 #81 girl name
1891 565 554 11 #80 girl name
1892 703 695 8 #74 girl name
1893 778 769 9 #71 girl name
1894 887 874 13 #67 girl name
1895 973 954 19 #66 girl name
1896 1,012 994 18 #66 girl name
1897 1,036 1,025 11 #57 girl name
1898 1,206 1,191 15 #58 girl name
1899 1,114 1,103 11 #52 girl name
1900 1,563 1,541 22 #51 girl name
1901 1,238 1,225 13 #49 girl name
1902 1,472 1,458 14 #47 girl name
1903 1,557 1,538 19 #42 girl name
1904 1,722 1,701 21 #40 girl name
1905 1,900 1,885 15 #38 girl name
1906 1,989 1,962 27 #36 girl name
1907 2,136 2,113 23 #34 girl name
1908 2,238 2,229 9 #33 girl name
1909 2,539 2,524 15 #27 girl name
1910 2,916 2,893 23 #27 girl name
1911 3,401 3,372 29 #22 girl name
1912 4,503 4,452 51 #23 girl name
1913 4,963 4,913 50 #23 girl name
1914 5,668 5,625 43 #24 girl name
1915 7,295 7,237 58 #24 girl name
1916 7,749 7,685 64 #23 girl name
1917 7,713 7,662 51 #27 girl name
1918 8,213 8,134 79 #27 girl name
1919 8,390 8,334 56 #23 girl name
1920 8,413 8,337 76 #26 girl name
1921 8,407 8,333 74 #26 girl name
1922 8,058 8,003 55 #26 girl name
1923 8,290 8,231 59 #25 girl name
1924 8,472 8,406 66 #26 girl name
1925 7,909 7,844 65 #30 girl name
1926 7,531 7,473 58 #30 girl name
1927 7,343 7,262 81 #30 girl name
1928 6,748 6,694 54 #34 girl name
1929 6,215 6,151 64 #36 girl name
1930 6,052 5,990 62 #36 girl name
1931 5,397 5,334 63 #39 girl name
1932 5,520 5,467 53 #38 girl name
1933 4,997 4,943 54 #43 girl name
1934 5,032 4,979 53 #39 girl name
1935 4,820 4,763 57 #41 girl name
1936 4,274 4,226 48 #51 girl name
1937 4,341 4,288 53 #52 girl name
1938 3,990 3,941 49 #61 girl name
1939 3,743 3,712 31 #67 girl name
1940 3,664 3,618 46 #66 girl name
1941 3,608 3,583 25 #69 girl name
1942 3,547 3,519 28 #77 girl name
1943 3,495 3,467 28 #82 girl name
1944 3,217 3,190 27 #87 girl name
1945 2,928 2,906 22 #95 girl name
1946 3,081 3,048 33
1947 3,093 3,070 23
1948 2,907 2,894 13
1949 2,599 2,576 23
1950 2,438 2,417 21
1951 2,367 2,351 16
1952 2,393 2,373 20
1953 2,361 2,340 21
1954 2,161 2,144 17
1955 2,025 2,011 14
1956 2,012 1,991 21
1957 1,789 1,784 5
1958 1,648 1,638 10
1959 1,508 1,500 8
1960 1,404 1,390 14
1961 1,285 1,276 9
1962 1,158 1,148 10
1963 1,392 1,381 11
1964 1,128 1,114 14
1965 996 984 12
1966 819 806 13
1967 757 746 11
1968 650 639 11
1969 689 682 7
1970 704 695 9
1971 742 730 12
1972 647 638 9
1973 646 636 10
1974 607 601 6
1975 639 629 10
1976 622 614 8
1977 607 601 6
1978 637 629 8
1979 668 660 8
1980 671 660 11
1981 688 676 12
1982 636 622 14
1983 604 592 12
1984 609 595 14
1985 604 592 12
1986 567 558 9
1987 642 631 11
1988 642 621 21
1989 786 763 23
1990 974 953 21
1991 1,022 1,005 17
1992 1,055 1,039 16
1993 1,055 1,032 23
1994 1,046 1,031 15
1995 1,065 1,052 13
1996 995 985 10
1997 1,042 1,037 5
1998 1,218 1,207 11
1999 1,215 1,209 6
2000 1,271 1,264 7
2001 1,370 1,363 7
2002 1,578 1,578 0
2003 1,715 1,704 11
2004 2,118 2,118 0
2005 2,469 2,469 0
2006 2,589 2,578 11
2007 2,903 2,895 8
2008 3,021 3,016 5
2009 3,020 3,015 5
2010 2,797 2,792 5
2011 2,770 2,764 6
2012 2,917 2,910 7
2013 3,318 3,308 10 #93 girl name
2014 3,418 3,418 0 #90 girl name
2015 3,454 3,454 0 #83 girl name
2016 3,803 3,796 7 #71 girl name

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Popularity of Ruby as a first name

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Popularity of Ruby as a last name

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Common last names for Ruby

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

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

  • How Popular is the name Ruby? Ruby is the 194th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Ruby was the 71st 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 347,486 babies born with the first name Ruby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ruby to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • 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 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruby ranks 14th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 270 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Ruby: Your name in reverse order is Ybur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yrub. 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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.