Gender: Male Meaning of Reuben: "behold, a son" Origin of Reuben: Hebrew Reuben's Popularity in 2019: #914

Reuben Origin and Meaning

The name Reuben is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "behold, a son".

Reuben is derived from the Hebrew words ra’a, meaning “to see, to understand,” and ben, “son.” As a phrase it translates to “behold, a son.” In the Bible, Reuben is Jacob's first-born son by Leah and the founder of one of the tribes of Israel.

Reuben is a rich and resonant underused Old Testament choice with several ingredients for success: its biblical pedigree, 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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Rank in US: #914

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Famous People Named Reuben

Pop Culture References for the name Reuben

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

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.

GeckoShamelessRaceMixer Says:


Good point.

GeckoShamelessRaceMixer 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.

clairels Says: