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Gender: M Meaning of Reuben: "behold, a son" Origin of Reuben: Hebrew Reuben's Popularity in 2014: #848

Reuben is a rich and resonant underused Old Testament choice with several ingredients for success: its biblical pedigree as Jacob's first born son by Leah and the founder of one of the tribes of Israel, the distinction of never having been heavily used, and a friendly, down-home image. Maybe the current crowd of Jacobs will grow up and follow their biblical namesake by calling their own sons Reuben.

Only downsides: Reuben is also known as a sandwich, and is the source of the word 'rube.'

Panama-born salsa singer Ruben Blades represents the Latin version (with the accent on the second syllable); Reuven is the name in Hebrew.

Famous People Named Reuben

Reuben, eldest son of Jacob in the Bible
Reuben Eaton Fenton, U.S. Congressman from New York
Reuben Fine, American chess grandmaster, psychologist and author
Reuben Wood, American politician; 21st governor of Ohio
Reuben Droughns, American NFL football player
Reuben David Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
Jacob Reuben Marchand aka J. Reu, American rapper
Reuben Edward Maher, father of American actress/singer Kaitlyn Maher

Pop Culture References for the name Reuben

Reuben Ainsworth, character on TV's "Skins"
Reuben, character on TV's "iCarly"
Reuben 'Rooster' Cogburn, main character in book/film 'True Grit'
Reuben, English alt rock band
Reuben Gale, character in G. A. Henty's, Under Drake's Flag
Reuben Starkadder, character in 'Cold Comfort Farm'

Rubey, Reuban, Reubin, Reuvin, Rheuben, Rhuben, Ruban, Rube, Rubean, Rubens, Rubey, Rubin, Rubino, Ruby, Rueban, Rueben, Ruebin, Ruvim

Reuben's International Variations

Reubén, Rubén, Reubén, Rubén (Spanish) Rouben (Eastern European) Rouvin (Greek) Reuven (Hebrew)