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Gender: Female Meaning of Ruth: "compassionate friend" Origin of Ruth: Hebrew Ruth's Popularity in 2017: #265

The name Ruth is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "compassionate friend". Ruth is ranked #265 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Ruth, with its air of calm and compassion, was the third most popular name in the 1890s, remaining in the Top 10 through the 1920s. It's still in use today as some parents tiring of Rachel and Rebecca are giving Ruth a second thought. Some see such Old Testament girls’ names as Ruth and Esther rising on the heels of boy equivalents Abel and Moses.

The biblical Ruth was the loyal and devoted daughter-in-law of Naomi who, when electing to leave her people and stay with the older woman, speaks the famous lines, "Whither thou goest, I will go."

Ruth has had numerous notable namesakes, from Supreme Court justice Ginsburg to crime writer Rendell to sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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Famous People Named Ruth

Ruth, Biblical daughter-in-law of Naomi
Ruth Negga, Irish-Ethiopian actress and Academy Award nominee
Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Cleveland, daughter of U.S. President Grover Cleveland; inspiration for the Baby Ruth bar
Ruth Wilson, English actress
Dr. Ruth Westheimer (born Karola Ruth Siegel), German-American sex therapist
Ruth Ann Buzzi, American comedienne
Ruth Fulton Benedict, American anthropologist
Ruth Carter Stapleton, American Christian author
Ruth Flora Disney, sister of Walt Disney
Ruth Malcolmson, Miss America 1924
Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, aka Barbara Vine, English thriller novelist
Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham
Ruth Payne, sister of Liam Payne of boy band One Direction
Ruth Roman, American actress
Ruth Crilly, English model and blogger
Ruth Wendy Langsford, English TV presenter
Ruth Pointer, singer with American R&B group The Pointer Sisters
Ruth Weinstein (b. 2002), daughter of film producer Harvey Weinstein
Ruth Ray De La luz 'Ruthie Ray' Leonard (b. 2019), daughter of Bekah Martinez and Grayston Leonard

Pop Culture References for the name Ruth

Ruth, eight book in the Bible
Baby Ruth, candy bar named for Ruth Cleveland
Ruth, main character in book/movie "Never Let Me Go"
Ruth Rose, main character in "A-Z Mysteries" by Ron Roy
Ruth Dead (née Foster), character in Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Ruth Anne 'Ruthie' Camden, character on TV's '7th Heaven' named after her grandmother Ruth
Ruth, pirate maid-of-all-work in opera "The Pirates of Penzance"
Ruth, professional bridesmaid in opera "Ruddigore"
Ruth Pinch, character in Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit"
Ruth, Zionist with whom Clarel falls in love in "Clarel" by Herman Melville
Mrs Ruth Stockwool, companion to Ann Avice Caro in "The Well Beloved" (1897) by Thomas Hardy
Ruth Jefferson, main character in Jodi Picoult's novel "Small Great Things"
Ruth Ann Torkelson, character on TV's "The Torkelsons"
Ruth-Anne Miller, character from TV series "Northern Exposure"
Ruth, archangel in Ghost Rider comics
Ruth, character in George Alfred Henty's, The Cat of Bubastes
Ruth, dragon in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern novels
Ruth DeWitt Bukater, character in movie "Titanic"
Ruth O'Connor Fisher, character on TV's "Six Feet Under"
Ruth Fowler, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Ruth Evershed, character on British TV's "Spooks"
Ruth Winters, character on British TV's "Casualty"
Ruth Martin, mom on TV's "Lassie"
Ruth Martin, character on soap "All My Children"
Ruth Osborne, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Ruth Wilkinson, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"
Ruth Powers, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Ruth "Zoya the Destroya" Wilder, character on TV's "GLOW"
Ruth, American Christian band
Tina Ruth Belcher, eldest daughter on Fox's "Bob's Burgers"

Ruthina, Ruthie, Ruthine, Routh, Ruthia, Ruthanne, Ruthi

Ruth's International Variations

Ruthven (Scottish) Rut (Scandinavian) Rút (Gaelic)