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Gender: Male Meaning of Reuben: "behold, a son" Origin of Reuben: Hebrew Reuben's Popularity in 2017: #906

The name Reuben is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "behold, a son". Reuben is ranked #906 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

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 being one of the Hebrew baby names that's never 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.

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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
Reuben Logan (b. 2005), son of athletes Kenny and Gabby Logan; twin of sister Lois
Reuben Hogarth (b. 2007), son of singer Sarah Nixey and producer Jimmy Hogarth
Reuben Shepherd (b. 2013), son of actor Jack P. Shepherd

Pop Culture References for the name Reuben

Reuben Ainsworth, character on TV's "Skins"
Reuben Tishkoff, character in "Ocean's" series
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"
Reuben, pig in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Reuben sandwich, American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread

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)


sELEAr Says:


This name has grown on me. I have two uncles with this name and my best friend has a baby boy named Reuben Daniel. It is a wonderful name. It is a traditional and respectable, yet stand alone name.

LimeGecko Says:


Good point.

LimeGecko Says:


That's a cool line of names. :)

saoirse123 Says:


Even though all I think of is a sandwich when I hear this name, I'm also pretty sure that's not a deal breaker--it's just a sandwich after all.

Rubin Johnson Says:


I love my name too

Rubin Johnson Says:


Mines is rubin

Rubin Johnson Says:


My name is rubin great grandmother and great great grandmother both were named ruby

PontyPool Says:


The fact that I've eaten so many Reuben sandwiches in my lifetime has ruined this name for me.

ElizabethVaughn Says:


Or a relative named Robin!

maibritt Says:


I actually prefer the spelling Ruben.Why have the extra e. It does not really change the pronunciation. It only confuses people in other countries and makes the name ten times more difficult.

Chrissy425 Says:


One of my best friends is named Reuben. He has many nicknames, like Reubs. His girlfriend calls him Ruby. Reuben sandwich jokes are rarely made. I personally call him Ruby Tubes, which is very odd, I know.

headintheclouds Says:


A surprisingly underused, handsome and classic biblical boy name. I don't hear of Reuben too often, though I think it deserves to be much more popular. I wouldn't worry too much about the sandwich reference- I think Reuben and Graham would actually make great brother names ;)

Reuben's an unexpected way to get to the nickname Ben, and I love that it sounds like Ruby, one of the few boy names that sounds inspired by a girl's name (I know they have separate histories and meanings but they sound similar). Reuben may be a good way to honor a relative named Ruby if you have a boy?

Essa Says:


This is really popular where from (NE England), I was surprised to see how low it ranks on here and in the US. I really love this name.

tori101 Says:


I love this name, it's handsome and has a lovely sound. It's a cool biblical twist on the usual Ben names : )

raevynstar Says:


I love this name; it was in the Bible before it was a sandwich, anyway.

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