Ruby Name Meaning

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A Deep Dive

Ruby Overview

Meaning

Deep red precious stone

Gender

Girl

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Latin word “rubeus”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈruːbi/

Popularity

Ruby is a beloved name globally, with a strong foothold in English-speaking countries and Australia. It regularly appears within the top 100 names for girls in the USA in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

4 letters

Numerology

3 (Expressive, Social, Artistic)

Name Styles

Vintage, Cute, Nature-inspired, Short

Associated Traits

Vibrant, energetic, passionate, charming

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Ruby is often associated with precious gemstones, symbolizing love, passion, and protection.

Name Day

July 29th
A Deep Dive

Ruby Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Rubie, Rubina, Rubetta, Rubey, Rubia

Common Nicknames

Rue, Roo, Rubes, Bee, Ruba, Ruby-Roo

Diminutives

Ru, Bibi, Rube, Ruru

Famous People

  • Ruby Bridges
    (American Civil Rights Activist)
  • Ruby Rose
    (Australian Actress)
  • Ruby Dee
    (American Actress)
  • Ruby Keeler
    (Canadian-American Actress)
  • Ruby Turner
    (British Singer)
  • Ruby Wax (American-British Comedian

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Ruby
    ("Supernatural," TV Series)
  • "Ruby Sparks"
    (Film)
  • Ruby Roundhouse
    ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," Film)
  • Ruby Lucas
    ("Once Upon a Time," TV Series)
  • "Ruby"
    (Song)

Places

  • Ruby City
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Ruby Park
    (Colorado, USA)
  • Ruby River
    (Montana, USA)
  • Ruby Falls
    (Tennessee, USA)
  • Ruby Hill
    (California, USA)
  • Ruby Beach
    (Washington, USA)
  • Ruby Island
    (New Zealand)
  • Ruby Lake
    (British Columbia, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Ruby?

Ruby means “red gemstone.” The name often conveys a sense of warmth and vibrancy, suggesting a person who is lively, passionate, and full of energy.

What Is the Origin of The Name Ruby?

Ruby has Latin origins. It comes from the Latin word “ruber,” meaning “red.” The name has been used in English-speaking countries since the 19th century.

Ruby Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Ruby in the U.S. over the Years

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Annual Statistics Breakdown for Ruby

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202366
(-4 from 2022)
3333
(-279 from 2022)
0.19054
202262
No change from 2021
3612
(+20 from 2021)
0.20144
202162
(+12 from 2020)
3592
(+254 from 2020)
0.20049
202074
(-8 from 2019)
3338
(-398 from 2019)
0.18883
201966
(+8 from 2018)
3736
(+151 from 2018)
0.20361
201874
(+4 from 2017)
3585
(-2 from 2017)
0.19278
201778
(-7 from 2016)
3587
(-259 from 2016)
0.18987
201671
(+12 from 2015)
3846
(+379 from 2015)
0.19867
201583
(+7 from 2014)
3467
(+39 from 2014)
0.17772
201490
(+3 from 2013)
3428
(+109 from 2013)
0.17523
201393
(+12 from 2012)
3319
(+403 from 2012)
0.17218
2012105
(+4 from 2011)
2916
(+147 from 2011)
0.15035
2011109
(+4 from 2010)
2769
(-28 from 2010)
0.14290
2010113
(-5 from 2009)
2797
(-222 from 2009)
0.14265
2009108
(+5 from 2008)
3019
(-1 from 2008)
0.14908
2008113
(+3 from 2007)
3020
(+122 from 2007)
0.14499
2007116
(+21 from 2006)
2898
(+317 from 2006)
0.13692
2006137
(-7 from 2005)
2581
(+109 from 2005)
0.12346
2005130
(+28 from 2004)
2472
(+352 from 2004)
0.12180
2004158
(+32 from 2003)
2120
(+414 from 2003)
0.10506
2003190
(+17 from 2002)
1706
(+127 from 2002)
0.08503
2002207
(+25 from 2001)
1579
(+214 from 2001)
0.07995
2001232
(+26 from 2000)
1365
(+99 from 2000)
0.06891
2000258
(+3 from 1999)
1266
(+57 from 1999)
0.06344
1999261
(-5 from 1998)
1209
(+2 from 1998)
0.06210
1998256
(+24 from 1997)
1207
(+167 from 1997)
0.06226
1997280
(+15 from 1996)
1040
(+55 from 1996)
0.05447
1996295
(-35 from 1995)
985
(-68 from 1995)
0.05138
1995260
(+11 from 1994)
1053
(+22 from 1994)
0.05480
1994271
(-5 from 1993)
1031
(-2 from 1993)
0.05289
1993266
(+5 from 1992)
1033
(-7 from 1992)
0.05240
1992271
(+6 from 1991)
1040
(+36 from 1991)
0.05188
1991277
(+14 from 1990)
1004
(+50 from 1990)
0.04937
1990291
(+38 from 1989)
954
(+189 from 1989)
0.04644
1989329
(+54 from 1988)
765
(+144 from 1988)
0.03840
1988383
(-14 from 1987)
621
(-10 from 1987)
0.03229
1987369
(+32 from 1986)
631
(+73 from 1986)
0.03367
1986401
(-17 from 1985)
558
(-35 from 1985)
0.03024
1985384
(-4 from 1984)
593
(-2 from 1984)
0.03212
1984380
(-3 from 1983)
595
(+4 from 1983)
0.03299
1983377
(-6 from 1982)
591
(-31 from 1982)
0.03302
1982371
(-26 from 1981)
622
(-55 from 1981)
0.03428
1981345
(+12 from 1980)
677
(+18 from 1980)
0.03785
1980357
(-7 from 1979)
659
(-2 from 1979)
0.03701
1979350
(-4 from 1978)
661
(+33 from 1978)
0.03836
1978346
(+16 from 1977)
628
(+27 from 1977)
0.03820
1977362
(-14 from 1976)
601
(-15 from 1976)
0.03653
1976348
(-2 from 1975)
616
(-12 from 1975)
0.03919
1975346
(+12 from 1974)
628
(+27 from 1974)
0.04023
1974358
(-13 from 1973)
601
(-34 from 1973)
0.03837
1973345
(+3 from 1972)
635
(-3 from 1972)
0.04086
1972348
(-2 from 1971)
638
(-92 from 1971)
0.03956
1971346
(+11 from 1970)
730
(+35 from 1970)
0.04165
1970357
(-14 from 1969)
695
(+14 from 1969)
0.03794
1969343
(+9 from 1968)
681
(+42 from 1968)
0.03863
1968352
(-34 from 1967)
639
(-106 from 1967)
0.03738
1967318
(-7 from 1966)
745
(-62 from 1966)
0.04339
1966311
(-35 from 1965)
807
(-178 from 1965)
0.04596
1965276
(-7 from 1964)
985
(-128 from 1964)
0.05390
1964269
(-33 from 1963)
1113
(-270 from 1963)
0.05686
1963236
(+27 from 1962)
1383
(+236 from 1962)
0.06956
1962263
(-18 from 1961)
1147
(-131 from 1961)
0.05659
1961245
(-16 from 1960)
1278
(-109 from 1960)
0.06153
1960229
(-14 from 1959)
1387
(-113 from 1959)
0.06669
1959215
(-13 from 1958)
1500
(-139 from 1958)
0.07216
1958202
(-5 from 1957)
1639
(-145 from 1957)
0.07934
1957197
(-18 from 1956)
1784
(-208 from 1956)
0.08503
1956179
(-6 from 1955)
1992
(-17 from 1955)
0.09672
1955173
(-11 from 1954)
2009
(-134 from 1954)
0.10020
1954162
(-12 from 1953)
2143
(-200 from 1953)
0.10764
1953150
(-5 from 1952)
2343
(-31 from 1952)
0.12143
1952145
(-5 from 1951)
2374
(+23 from 1951)
0.12482
1951140
(-10 from 1950)
2351
(-63 from 1950)
0.12727
1950130
(-7 from 1949)
2414
(-163 from 1949)
0.13727
1949123
(-9 from 1948)
2577
(-317 from 1948)
0.14679
1948114
(-2 from 1947)
2894
(-175 from 1947)
0.16607
1947112
(-7 from 1946)
3069
(+19 from 1946)
0.16882
1946105
(-10 from 1945)
3050
(+146 from 1945)
0.18910
194595
(-8 from 1944)
2904
(-286 from 1944)
0.21573
194487
(-5 from 1943)
3190
(-280 from 1943)
0.23344
194382
(-5 from 1942)
3470
(-49 from 1942)
0.24174
194277
(-8 from 1941)
3519
(-62 from 1941)
0.25308
194169
(-3 from 1940)
3581
(-38 from 1940)
0.28740
194066
(+1 from 1939)
3619
(-93 from 1939)
0.30635
193967
(-6 from 1938)
3712
(-229 from 1938)
0.32732
193861
(-9 from 1937)
3941
(-348 from 1937)
0.34526
193752
(-1 from 1936)
4289
(+63 from 1936)
0.38926
193651
(-10 from 1935)
4226
(-538 from 1935)
0.39218
193541
(-2 from 1934)
4764
(-214 from 1934)
0.43836
193439
(+4 from 1933)
4978
(+34 from 1933)
0.45993
193343
(-5 from 1932)
4944
(-524 from 1932)
0.47264
193238
(+1 from 1931)
5468
(+135 from 1931)
0.49426
193139
(-3 from 1930)
5333
(-659 from 1930)
0.48319
193036
No change from 1929
5992
(-160 from 1929)
0.51369
192936
(-2 from 1928)
6152
(-540 from 1928)
0.53147
192834
(-4 from 1927)
6692
(-572 from 1927)
0.55975
192730
No change from 1926
7264
(-212 from 1926)
0.58749
192630
No change from 1925
7476
(-367 from 1925)
0.60772
192530
(-4 from 1924)
7843
(-563 from 1924)
0.62094
192426
(-1 from 1923)
8406
(+174 from 1923)
0.64877
192325
(+1 from 1922)
8232
(+229 from 1922)
0.65726
192226
No change from 1921
8003
(-330 from 1921)
0.64148
192126
No change from 1920
8333
(-3 from 1920)
0.65116
192026
(-2 from 1919)
8336
(+2 from 1919)
0.67008
191924
(+3 from 1918)
8334
(+200 from 1918)
0.70950
191827
No change from 1917
8134
(+472 from 1917)
0.67651
191727
(-4 from 1916)
7662
(-24 from 1916)
0.68186
191623
(+1 from 1915)
7686
(+449 from 1915)
0.70792
191524
No change from 1914
7237
(+1612 from 1914)
0.70683
191424
(-1 from 1913)
5625
(+712 from 1913)
0.70610
191323
No change from 1912
4913
(+461 from 1912)
0.75017
191223
(-1 from 1911)
4452
(+1080 from 1911)
0.75880
191122
(+5 from 1910)
3372
(+479 from 1910)
0.76321
191027
No change from 1909
2893
(+369 from 1909)
0.68959
190927
(+6 from 1908)
2524
(+295 from 1908)
0.68569
190833
(+1 from 1907)
2229
(+116 from 1907)
0.62872
190734
(+2 from 1906)
2113
(+151 from 1906)
0.62620
190636
(+2 from 1905)
1962
(+77 from 1905)
0.62597
190538
(+2 from 1904)
1885
(+184 from 1904)
0.60833
190440
(+2 from 1903)
1701
(+163 from 1903)
0.58167
190342
(+5 from 1902)
1538
(+80 from 1902)
0.55285
190247
(+2 from 1901)
1458
(+233 from 1901)
0.52010
190149
(+2 from 1900)
1225
(-315 from 1900)
0.48185
190051
(+1 from 1899)
1540
(+437 from 1899)
0.48468
189952
(+6 from 1898)
1103
(-88 from 1898)
0.44568
189858
(-1 from 1897)
1191
(+166 from 1897)
0.43444
189757
(+9 from 1896)
1025
(+31 from 1896)
0.41285
189666
No change from 1895
994
(+40 from 1895)
0.39446
189566
(+1 from 1894)
954
(+80 from 1894)
0.38607
189467
(+4 from 1893)
874
(+105 from 1893)
0.37038
189371
(+3 from 1892)
769
(+74 from 1892)
0.34143
189274
(+6 from 1891)
695
(+141 from 1891)
0.30901
189180
(+1 from 1890)
554
(+14 from 1890)
0.28184
189081
(-3 from 1889)
540
(+18 from 1889)
0.26777
188978
(+16 from 1888)
522
(+77 from 1888)
0.27587
188894
(+11 from 1887)
445
(+136 from 1887)
0.23490
1887105
(+1 from 1886)
309
(+8 from 1886)
0.19881
1886106
No change from 1885
301
(+29 from 1885)
0.19579
1885106
(+2 from 1884)
272
(+28 from 1884)
0.19162
1884108
(+18 from 1883)
244
(+81 from 1883)
0.17734
1883126
(+5 from 1882)
163
(+27 from 1882)
0.13577
1882131
(+2 from 1881)
136
(+17 from 1881)
0.11755
1881133
(+16 from 1880)
119
(+27 from 1880)
0.12038
1880149
First SSA data recorded
92
First SSA data recorded
0.09426

American States Popularity Rankings for Ruby

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

Texas (TX)

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California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#742021#762022#742023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#712021#712022#802023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#992021#732022#1052023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#662021#792022#1022023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#592021#472022#432023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#532021#852022#602023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#802021#732022#592023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#482021#682022#762023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#882021#882022#872023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#602021#592022#652023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1732021#852022#1262023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#592021#772022#802023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#762021#442022#572023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#632021#892022#922023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#1422021#1272022#1222023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#552021#562022#522023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#712021#902022#662023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#1052021#712022#1102023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#532021#342022#482023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#922021#692022#962023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#652021#582022#782023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#242021#572022#282023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#492021#452022#532023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#452021#522022#512023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#412021#372022#472023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#452021#292022#752023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#372021#402022#242023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#642021#632022#652023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#142021#212022#192023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#262021#292022#342023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#362021#212022#472023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#1092021#1012022#1212023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1152021#662022#992023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#832021#742022#682023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#1022021#1112022#1132023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#212021#642022#392023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#452021#622022#732023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#352021#902022#662023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#242021#132022#352023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#832021#602022#1082023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#772021#762022#832023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#902021#802022#1242023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#902020#1142021#1382023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#822021#392022#1342023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#702021#522022#932023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#432021#152022#762023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#682021#722022#272023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#512020#302021#262022

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#892021#652022#412023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1112017#1182020#972021

Popularity Rankings for Ruby in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#262021#192022#242023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#262021#382022#372023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#272019#302020#342021

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#322021#282022#362023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#732021#652022#462023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#1782020#1342021#1922022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#1562021#1392022#1392023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#3502020#2892021#2552022

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#2972022

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#4672022#3022023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3672015#5002016#4962018

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#4632005#5322007#4152008

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#8352022#4872023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Ruby a Name for Boys or Girls?

Ruby is a girl’s name. Its association with the beautiful red gemstone and its bright, lively sound make it a charming choice for girls

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Ruby

Ruby in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Ruby Bridges (Activist, born 1954): An American civil rights activist, the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
  • Ruby Rose (Actress, born 1986): An Australian actress, model, and former DJ, noted for her roles in "Orange Is the New Black" and "Batwoman."
  • Ruby Dee (Actress, 1922–2014): An American actress, poet, and playwright, distinguished by her work in film, television, and stage, alongside her activism.
  • Ruby Keeler (Actress, 1909–1993): A Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer, prominent in Warner Bros. musicals of the 1930s.
  • Ruby Turner (Singer, born 1958): A British singer, songwriter, and actress, celebrated for her work in R&B, soul, and gospel music.
  • Ruby Wax (Comedian, born 1953): An American-British comedian, actress, and writer, recognized for her television interviews and comedy shows.
  • Ruby Bhogal (TV Personality, born 1989): A British television personality and chef, notable for her appearance on "The Great British Bake Off."
  • Ruby ("Supernatural," 2005 TV Series): A demon who alternates between being an ally and an adversary to the Winchester brothers.
  • "Ruby Sparks" (2012 Film): A romantic comedy-drama about a novelist who creates a fictional character named Ruby that comes to life.
  • Ruby Roundhouse ("Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," 2017 Film): The avatar of a video game character, known for her combat skills and agility.
  • Ruby Lucas ("Once Upon a Time," 2011 TV Series): Also known as Red Riding Hood, a waitress with a dark and mysterious past.
  • "Ruby" (1992 Song by Kenny Rogers): A country song about a man lamenting his wife's infidelity and emotional distance.
  • Ruby Rhod ("The Fifth Element," 1997 Film): A flamboyant and eccentric radio host who plays a key role in the protagonist's mission.
  • Ruby ("Steven Universe," 2013 TV Series): A member of the Crystal Gems who fuses with Sapphire to form Garnet.
  • Ruby Daly ("The Darkest Minds," 2018 Film): A teenager with telekinetic abilities in a dystopian world where children have developed superpowers.
  • Ruby ("Cold Mountain," 2003 Film): A resourceful and strong-willed woman who helps the protagonist's love interest survive in a war-torn South.
  • "Ruby" (2010 Novel by Cynthia Bond): A novel about a woman's return to her hometown and the dark secrets that resurface.
  • Ruby City (Alaska, USA): A small city in Alaska, known for its historical significance during the gold rush era.
  • Ruby Park (Colorado, USA): A popular park in Aspen known for its green spaces and recreational facilities.
  • Ruby River (Montana, USA): A river in Montana famous for its excellent trout fishing and scenic views.
  • Ruby Falls (Tennessee, USA): An underground waterfall inside Lookout Mountain, known for its stunning natural beauty.
  • Ruby Hill (California, USA): A neighborhood in Oakland known for its historic homes and panoramic views.
  • Ruby Beach (Washington, USA): A beach in Olympic National Park, noted for its rugged coastline and sea stacks.
  • Ruby Island (New Zealand): An island in Lake Wanaka, popular for its hiking trails and picturesque scenery.
  • Ruby Lake (British Columbia, Canada): A lake known for its clear waters and surrounding wildlife sanctuary.
  • Ruby Mountain (Nevada, USA): A mountain range known for its hiking trails and diverse flora and fauna.
  • Ruby Township (North Dakota, USA): A township in Nelson County, noted for its rural charm and agricultural community.

Similar Names to Ruby

Sibling Names for Ruby