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Ruth

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 234 234 0 #93 girl name
1881 275 275 0 #84 girl name
1882 323 323 0 #80 girl name
1883 387 387 0 #73 girl name
1884 442 442 0 #74 girl name
1885 511 506 5 #70 girl name
1886 581 581 0 #66 girl name
1887 632 627 5 #62 girl name
1888 850 850 0 #59 girl name
1889 1,073 1,073 0 #46 girl name
1890 1,200 1,195 5 #46 girl name
1891 1,857 1,857 0 #19 girl name
1892 3,302 3,290 12 #5 girl name
1893 3,670 3,658 12 #3 girl name
1894 3,387 3,372 15 #6 girl name
1895 3,558 3,551 7 #6 girl name
1896 3,917 3,905 12 #5 girl name
1897 3,898 3,878 20 #5 girl name
1898 4,264 4,249 15 #5 girl name
1899 3,921 3,912 9 #5 girl name
1900 4,781 4,765 16 #5 girl name
1901 3,989 3,974 15 #5 girl name
1902 4,401 4,384 17 #5 girl name
1903 4,531 4,518 13 #5 girl name
1904 4,915 4,900 15 #5 girl name
1905 5,088 5,068 20 #5 girl name
1906 5,159 5,140 19 #5 girl name
1907 5,588 5,573 15 #5 girl name
1908 6,200 6,180 20 #4 girl name
1909 6,526 6,509 17 #4 girl name
1910 7,247 7,212 35 #5 girl name
1911 8,032 8,003 29 #5 girl name
1912 11,323 11,280 43 #5 girl name
1913 12,641 12,608 33 #5 girl name
1914 15,885 15,839 46 #5 girl name
1915 21,927 21,881 46 #5 girl name
1916 23,244 23,189 55 #5 girl name
1917 23,617 23,567 50 #5 girl name
1918 25,582 25,535 47 #5 girl name
1919 24,629 24,566 63 #5 girl name
1920 26,154 26,100 54 #5 girl name
1921 25,841 25,783 58 #5 girl name
1922 23,701 23,628 73 #5 girl name
1923 23,698 23,636 62 #6 girl name
1924 23,672 23,601 71 #6 girl name
1925 22,327 22,250 77 #6 girl name
1926 20,289 20,216 73 #6 girl name
1927 19,503 19,412 91 #6 girl name
1928 17,931 17,864 67 #6 girl name
1929 16,084 16,014 70 #8 girl name
1930 15,008 14,938 70 #10 girl name
1931 13,188 13,127 61 #11 girl name
1932 12,328 12,252 76 #11 girl name
1933 11,189 11,137 52 #13 girl name
1934 10,630 10,565 65 #13 girl name
1935 10,041 9,989 52 #15 girl name
1936 9,255 9,212 43 #16 girl name
1937 9,654 9,605 49 #15 girl name
1938 9,343 9,300 43 #21 girl name
1939 9,109 9,059 50 #22 girl name
1940 8,922 8,886 36 #24 girl name
1941 8,901 8,862 39 #28 girl name
1942 9,356 9,313 43 #33 girl name
1943 9,406 9,365 41 #33 girl name
1944 8,707 8,675 32 #32 girl name
1945 8,062 8,043 19 #33 girl name
1946 8,503 8,473 30 #38 girl name
1947 8,506 8,481 25 #44 girl name
1948 7,915 7,901 14 #45 girl name
1949 7,672 7,651 21 #47 girl name
1950 7,136 7,126 10 #49 girl name
1951 7,089 7,078 11 #53 girl name
1952 6,964 6,947 17 #57 girl name
1953 6,588 6,579 9 #62 girl name
1954 6,570 6,562 8 #66 girl name
1955 6,203 6,186 17 #70 girl name
1956 6,085 6,072 13 #77 girl name
1957 5,689 5,669 20 #84 girl name
1958 5,260 5,247 13 #90 girl name
1959 5,063 5,051 12 #97 girl name
1960 4,960 4,943 17 #97 girl name
1961 4,904 4,892 12 #96 girl name
1962 4,315 4,293 22
1963 3,886 3,869 17
1964 3,653 3,636 17
1965 3,243 3,231 12
1966 2,858 2,847 11
1967 2,434 2,419 15
1968 2,156 2,148 8
1969 1,909 1,901 8
1970 1,829 1,818 11
1971 1,640 1,628 12
1972 1,384 1,384 0
1973 1,288 1,274 14
1974 1,305 1,300 5
1975 1,235 1,230 5
1976 1,209 1,198 11
1977 1,197 1,189 8
1978 1,219 1,208 11
1979 1,208 1,200 8
1980 1,262 1,254 8
1981 1,272 1,266 6
1982 1,191 1,176 15
1983 1,135 1,124 11
1984 1,173 1,162 11
1985 1,125 1,116 9
1986 1,095 1,082 13
1987 1,040 1,031 9
1988 1,011 997 14
1989 998 986 12
1990 913 906 7
1991 989 984 5
1992 853 853 0
1993 860 855 5
1994 879 879 0
1995 855 849 6
1996 800 800 0
1997 856 856 0
1998 848 848 0
1999 866 866 0
2000 902 902 0
2001 938 938 0
2002 900 900 0
2003 886 886 0
2004 905 905 0
2005 906 906 0
2006 888 888 0
2007 956 956 0
2008 929 924 5
2009 912 912 0
2010 928 928 0
2011 897 897 0
2012 925 925 0
2013 982 982 0
2014 1,053 1,053 0
2015 1,092 1,092 0

Fun Facts about the name Ruth

  • How many people with the first name Ruth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 823,981 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 26,100 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ruth!
  • Random Ruth Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruth ranks 43rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, 604 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Ruth: Your name in reverse order is Htur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hurt. 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.

Where is the name Ruth popular?

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Popularity of Ruth as a first name

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Popularity of Ruth as a last name

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Common last names for Ruth

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

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ruth" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ruth as well as things modernly associated with the name Ruth such as celebrities named Ruth.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Ruth

The name "Ruth" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Friendship". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ruth
Senses
  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)
Wiktionary

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.
  2. Ruth, the resident of Moab around whom the text centers.
  3. A female given name.

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

Notable Persons With the Name Ruth

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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

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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.

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Ruth Negga

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

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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.

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Ruth Williams Khama

Ruth Williams Khama was an influential individual. 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.

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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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  • Ruth Gordon
    (actress)
  • Dinah Washington
    (musician)
  • Ruth Langsford
    (television presenter)
  • Ruth Jones
    (actress)
  • Ruth Buzzi
    (actress)
  • Ruth Westheimer
    (famous person)
  • Ruth Snyder
    (criminal)
  • Ruth Roman
    (actress)
  • (The Right Honourable)
    (writer)
  • Ruth Etting
    (singer; actress)
  • Ruth Fulton Benedict
    (anthropologist)
  • Ruth Brown
    (musician)
  • Ruth Pointer
    (singing)
  • Ruth Hussey
    (actress)

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.

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Betsy Ruth

Betsy Ruth is an important individual. Betsy was born on January 17th, 1985 in Ruskin, Florida, United States.

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Dorothy Ruth

Dorothy Ruth was a noteworthy person. Dorothy was born on June 7th, 1921. She died on May 18th, 1989.

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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.

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Nancy Ruth

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

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Taylor Ruth

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

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What does the name Ruth mean?

Ris for recreation, time to take some!

Uis for understanding, you show for others.

Tis for treasure, that of your friendship.

His for hope, the encouragement you give.

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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.

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