Ruth Name Meaning & Origin

Ruth

Pronunciation: ROOTH (key)

Origin of the name Ruth:

Of uncertain etymology, most believe Ruth to be derived from the Hebrew rūth, a possible contraction of rē'ūth (companion, friend). The name is borne in the Bible by a Moabite woman who was devoted to her mother-in-law. Her story is told in the Book of Ruth.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Rut, Ruthanna, Ruthann, Ruthanne, Ruthie

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Nicknames for Ruth

Roo/Rue, Ruthie, Ruthless, Ruthster, Dr. Ruth, Rufus

Meanings and history of the name Ruth

From Hebrew, meaning "mercy".

Famous real-life people named Ruth

Ruth "Bette" Elizabeth Davis, actress
in the Old Testament's Book of Ruth, Ruth was a faithful daughter-in-law of Naomi. Ruth 1:16 says 'But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God."' Ruth's son was part of the lineage of Christ.
Ruth Westheimer, known as "Dr. Ruth", media personality and sex therapist
Ruth Chatterton, actress
Ruth Roman, actress
Ruth Gordon, author and actress
Ruth Graham, writer and wife of evangelist Billy Graham
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, writer
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice
Ruthie Henshall, actress, singer and dancer.

Ruth in song, story & screen

The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton, a Oprah Book Club pick
Ruth Jamison, beautiful gentle character in Fannie Flagg's book (and later film) "Fried Green Tomatoes".
In Arthur Ransome's "Swallows and Amazons" series of books for young adults, a tough, clever, adventurous girl named Ruth hates her name and goes by Nancy instead - because Amazon pirates are supposed to be "ruthless."
Ruth McDougal, name of a 6th grade girl Arnold had a crush on in the 90's cartoon series "Hey Arnold"
Ruth "Ruthie" Camden, character on the TV show "7th Heaven", named after the Ruth in the Bible as well as her paternal grandmother, Ruth Camden.
Ruth (Ruthie), narrator and main character in Marilynne Robinson's 'Housekeeping' (novel and film by Bill Forsyth starring Christine Lahti),
Ruth Winters character in the TV show Casualty. Ruth is the girlfriend of Jay Faldren.
Ruth Aldine, Blindfold in the X-Men comics
Ruth Bat-Seraph, Sabra from the X-Men comics
Ruth Rose, a brunette girl with blue eyes from A To Z Mysteries

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