Gender: Male Origin of Ruby: Diminutive of Reuben

Ruby Origin and Meaning

The name Ruby is a boy's name .

Though we love the Biblical name Reuben and its streamlined form Ruben, we'd caution against shortening it to Ruby for a boy. As one of the top girls' names throughout the English-speaking world, it's become too feminine for a boy.

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FractalShadow Says:


Ruby is great for either gender in my opinion.

grace147 Says:


have to side with name berry on this one. not for a boy- unless you want to put your child through a childhood of teasing.

katoolah Says:


Agree. I know an adorable little Reuben who goes by Reuby/Ruby or Rooby Booby at home!

impwood Says:


If Aurora can be shortened to the Medieval Irish kingly name Rory, then surely Reuben can be shortened to a noun that just happens to have been used more as a woman's name than a man's in the past. Although perhaps spelling it Reuby would clear up some mix-ups.

caetano Says:


Go ahead, shorten Reuben to Ruby. Its fine. Or use it on its own. Nameberry needs to reevaluate its sexist opinions.

chellemma1 Says:


I think Ruby for a boy is perfectly fine. There is a successful male jockey named Ruby Walsh and the name seems to work well for him. Just because a name is more commonly used for one gender doesn't mean it's no good for the other. People use popular boy's names for their daughters all the time. If you can get girls named Ryan or Jamie why not boys named Ruby. I think it's actually pretty cool for a boy but a bit predictable for a girl.

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Ruby as a nickname for Reuben, well, besides Ben. Boys named Nicky and Jamie don't seem to mind.