Ruth

Ruth - A very unique female name



  Mar 30,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Ruth, meaning compassionate friend, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #5. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Ruth and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Ruth? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Ruth. The baby girl name Ruth was given to 887 baby girls in 2012, ranking #344 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,593 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Ruth peaked in popularity 106 years ago in 1911 on position 5.



Famous with this name

Ruth Kähler
Ruth Rogers
Ruth Wilson


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Rating: 5/5 (3 people)


Ruth is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Ruth is currently topping the baby name charts in District of Columbia at position #165 - and is the least popular in Illinois at position #732.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Ruth is where you live.


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Ruth origin and meaning

Ruth is a 4 letter name with 1 syllables. This name means compassionate friend. To see famous people named Ruth, pop culture references for the name Ruth and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Ruth

We've found the following names that sound similar to Ruth, sorted by popularity.

Rita / Rhoda / Ruthie / Retha / Reta / Rutha / Reatha / Ruthe / Reda / Rida /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012344
2011356
2010345
2009353
2008362
2007347
2006363
2005353
2004351
2003353
2002338
2001330
2000349
1999348
1998344
1997340
1996351
1995324
1994315
1993315
1992324
1991290
1990310
1989275
1988256
1987249
1986239
1985232
1984223
1983224
1982222
1981207
1980209
1979218
1978212
1977212
1976205
1975200
1974195
1973203
1972201
1971190
1970178
1969167
1968149
1967144
1966128
1965118
1964114
1963113
1962104
196196
196097
195997
195890
195784
195678
195570
195466
195362
195258
195153
195049
194947
194845
194744
194638
194533
194432
194333
194233
194128
194024
193922
193821
193715
193616
193515
193413
193313
193211
193111
193010
19298
19286
19276
19266
19256
19246
19236
19225
19215
19205
19195
19185
19175
19165
19155
19145
19135
19125
19115
19105

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia165
Oregon188
Alaska188
Maryland191
Idaho194
South Dakota225
Minnesota236
Wisconsin239
Utah262
New York289
Virginia292
Pennsylvania292
Tennessee305
Arizona309
Kentucky312
Kansas319
Ohio320
Texas326
Massachusetts333
Iowa344
Michigan345
Indiana353
Washington357
Nevada360
Oklahoma366
Arkansas384
California388
North Carolina390
Connecticut398
Louisiana400
Mississippi408
New Jersey422
New Mexico429
Nebraska435
Colorado466
Florida482
Missouri531
Georgia533
Alabama537
South Carolina650
Illinois732

Even more about Ruth


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Ruth a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Ruth?

1 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1911
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Ruth
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 1,593
Letter count 4
Syllable count 1
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +887

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