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Gender: Female Meaning of Ruby: "deep red precious stone" Origin of Ruby: Latin Ruby's Popularity in 2017: #79

The name Ruby is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "deep red precious stone". Ruby is ranked #79 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Badass Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Ruby, vibrant red, sassy and sultry, has definitely outshone the other revived vintage gem names, with its sparkling resume of cultural references.

Ruby is an early rock classic -- think the Rolling Stones hit "Ruby Tuesday" --and other songs like "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love from Me." She's appeared in such works as Cold Mountain and been associated with performers like Ruby Keeler (born Ethel) and Ruby Dee. Chosen by Tobey Maguire and a number of other celebs, Ruby makes a cool yet warm choice.

For the past few years, Ruby has been a huge hit across the English-speaking world: right now she's popular in Australia, in England and Wales, and in Ireland. Her highest point in the US was from 1900 to 1936, when she was in the Top 50--but she could surpass that number if enthusiasm for her continues to grow.

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Famous People Named Ruby

Ruby Castro, American dancer and model
Ruby Ferguson (born Rubie Constance Ashby), English children's author
Ruby Florence Murray, Irish singer
Ruby Aldridge, American supermodel
Ruby Dee (born Ruby Ann Wallace), American actress, poet and playwright
Ruby Wright, American country music singer; daughter of singer Kitty Wells
Ruby Wax, American-British comedienne
Ruby Rose, Australian model, MTV VJ, and actress
Ruby Catherine Stevens, birth name of American actress Barbara Stanwyck
Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares, birth name of Nanette Fabray, American actress
Ruby Violet Payne-Scott, Australian radio astronomer
Ethel Hilda "Ruby" Keeler, American dancer and actress
Hsin-ju "Ruby" Lin, Taiwanese actress
Ruby Gettinger, American reality TV personality of "Ruby"
Ruby Carr, South African singer from band Bahari
Ruby Bridges Hall, first African-American girl to attend an all-white school
Ruby Joy (b. 1987), daughter of actors Robert and Mary Joy
Ruby Stewart (b. 1987), American model; daughter of singer Rod Stewart
Ruby Osman (b. 1989), daughter of TV presenter Richard Osman
Ruby Louise Bourne (b. 1990), daughter of actor/comedian Shane Bourne
Ruby Christine Schiff, daughter of actors Richard Schiff and Sheila Kelley
Ruby Jean Rose, daughter of actress Alexandra Pigg and director Bernard Rose
Ruby Cooper, daughter of actor Garry Cooper
Ruby Froom (b. 1994), daughter of singers Suzanne Vega and Mitchell Froom
Ruby Marino (b. 2006), daughter of actor Ken Marino
Ruby Sweetheart Maguire (b. 2006), daughter of actor Tobey Maguire
Ruby Megan Henson (b. 2007), daughter of singer Charlotte Church
Ruby Raven Reynolds (b. 2007), daughter of actors Jillian Barberie and Grant Reynolds
Ruby Iris Giansiracusa (b. 2008), daughter of AFL footballer Daniel Giansiracusa
Ruby Olsen (b. 2008), daughter of soccer player Ben Olsen
Ruby Green (b. 2009), daughter of footballer Paul Green
Ruby Young (b. 2010), stillborn daughter of drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt
Ruby Tatiana Cole (b. 2010), daughter of model Carly Cole and footballer Joe Cole
Ruby Luxe Anderson (b. 2010), daughter of cricketer James Anderson
Ruby Rainey (b. 2010), daughter of model/heiress Jasmine Guiness and Gawain Rainey
Ruby June Kerr (b. 2012), daughter of Australian rules footballer Daniel Kerr
Ruby Jeane Flynn (b. 2012), daughter of actress Marley Shelton and Beau Flynn
Ruby Rae Dellucci (b. 2013), daughter of baseball player David Dellucci
Ruby Lane Powell (b. 2013), daughter of trainer and TV personality Chris Powell
Ruby Aurelia McManus (b. 2013), daughter of TV presenter Rove McManus and actress Tasma Walton
Ruby Trohman (b. 2014), daughter of guitarist Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy
Ryan Ruby Mae Pritchard (b. 2010), daughter of musician Mike Dirnt
Ruby Hunter, Indigenous Australian (Ngarrindjeri) singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Ruby

Ruby Thewes, character in Charles Frazier's "Cold Mountain"
Ruby Buckton, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Ruby Crescent, character in anime/manga "O-Parts Hunter"
'Max and Ruby," animated TV series about the title rabbits
Ruby Sparks, 2012 movie and title character
Ruby Allen, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Ruby Elizabeth Daly, character in Alexandra Bracken's series "The Darkest Minds"
Ruby Daly, character in Alexandra Bracken's "In the Afterlight", grandmother to the main character Ruby Daly
Ruby Claire, main character in 1977 movie "Ruby"
Ruby, eldest child on TV's 'According to Jim'
Ruby Landry, main character in V.C. Andrews' "Ruby"
Ruby Gallagher, main character on TV's "Ruby & the Rockits"
Ruby Gillis, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Ruby Jeffries, character on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
Ruby Tough, spinster in Samuel Beckett's 1934 short story 'Love and Lethe'
Ruby Rose, main character of the web series "RWBY"
Ruby, Red Riding Hood on TV's "Once Upon A Time"
Ruby, character in web series 'Coco and Ruby'
Ruby, demon on the CW's 'Supernatural'
Ruby Trollman, main character on animated series "Trollz"
Ruby Cherrytree, character on TV's 'The Worst Witch'
Ruby Compton, character in movie 'Wah-Wah'
Ruby Frobisher (later Jessica Randolph), character in "Star of Babylon" by Barbara Wood
Ruby, rabbit character in the Jewelpet series
Ruby, dinosaur in "The Land Before Time" animated series
Ruby, character on TV's "The Tribe"
"Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe," radio drama
"Ruby Gloom," animated series
"Ruby Red," novel by Kerstin Gier
Ruby on Rails, computer programming language
Ruby Woo, classic MAC red lipstick
"Ruby Soho," song by Rancid
"Ruby Tuesday," song by The Rolling Stones
Ruby Tuesday, American restaurant chain
"Rubylove," a song by Cat Stevens
Ruby Morris is the main character in "H20", a novel.
Ruby Eleanor Lennox, character in the novel "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" by Kate Atkinson (twin sister of Pearl Lennox)
Ruby Lee, main character in the novel "Eating Chinese Food Naked"
"Ruby," a song by Twenty One Pilots
Ruby, character on the animated series "Steven Universe"
Ruby Johnson, character in ABC's "Black-ish"
"Ruby's Studio," series of kids' videos
Ruby, the baby dragon from the game "Lunar 2: Eternal Blue"
The Ruby Sqaud from the animated TV series "Steven Universe," including Navy, Leggy, Doc, Army, and Eyeball
'Ruby,' song by Foster the People
Ruby Redfort, character from Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort book series

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