First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ruhe

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From Middle High German ruo, ruowe, from Old High German ruowa (“peace, quiet, rest”), from Proto-Germanic *rōwō (“calm, quiet, peace”). Cognate with Old English rō, rōw (“quietness, calm”) and English unruly. More at roo.

  1. quiet (absence of sound)
  2. rest, repose

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruhe

Volker Rühe is a Member of the German Bundestag, German Federal Minister of Defence, Member of the GermanBundestag, and List of German defence ministers. Volker was born on September 25th, 1942 in Hamburg.


Martin Ruhe is a cinematographer. Martin was born in 1970 in Germany.



Brian was born on September 6th, 1974 in Greenville, Ohio, United States.


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Popularity of Ruhe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ruhe U.S.
  White 93.26% 64.26%
  African American 1.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.10% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ruhe

People with the last name Ruhe are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ruhe

  • How Popular is the name Ruhe? As a last name Ruhe was the 26,853rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Ruhe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ruhe is Tuesday, August 20th, 1907.
  • How unique is the name Ruhe? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ruhe. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Ruhe: Your name in reverse order is Ehur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rheu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ruhe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 905 people with the last name Ruhe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ruhe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ruhe as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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