Quick Facts on Ruben
- Hebrew, Nordic, Spanish
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ROO-bən or RUY-bən
Behold, a son!
Etymology & Historical Origin - Ruben
Ruben is the Scandinavian and Dutch equivalent to Reuben, which is a Hebrew name borne from the Bible. In the book of Genesis, Rueben is the eldest son of Jacob and Leah, and the first born of Jacob’s twelve sons. As the less-favored of Jacob’s wife, God took pity on Leah and made her quite fertile. Poor Rachel, the favored wife of Jacob, was made barren. Apparently, God was a little spiteful that way – or else He was just trying to even the playing field. “And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.”’ [Genesis 29:32]. The Hebrew name Rəʾuven means ‘behold, a son’ – which is what Leah would have called out in her great happiness over giving Jacob a son. At the time of Jacob’s death, as he is preparing to bless his sons, we expect Reuben, the firstborn, to get most of the booty – not so. “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the first fruits of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.” [Genesis 49:3]. Sounds good for Reuben so far, but wait; Jacob pulls a fast one on his oldest son. No blessing for you Reuben. Neener, neener, neener. Jacob refuses to bless Reuben because his oldest son “defiled” his father’s bed by sleeping with one of Jacob’s concubines while his father was out of town. Reuben’s birthright blessing was given to Joseph instead. Despite this poor lapse in judgment on Reuben’s part, he still held a prominent position among Jews as one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel and the one brother who tried to spare Joseph when the others wanted to kill him. Nonconformist Christians also adopted the name Reuben for themselves around the Reformation. It has survived among English speakers since the 17th century. The simpler spelling of Ruben is preferred by the Scandinavians and the Spanish (who render it with an accent: Rubén). Ruben is ranked particularly high in the Netherlands and Spain.
Popularity of the Name Ruben
Interestingly, Ruben is the preferred spelling in the United States over the more traditionally Biblical Reuben (which is the spelling mainly used in Great Britain). Perhaps it is the Americans of Hispanic and Latino descent influencing the popularity of Rubén without the first “e”. In any case, the name has been a moderately used name in the United States, never venturing too far one way or the other on the popularity graphs. In 2003, Ruben Studdard brought this name into millions of American households as the season two winner of American Idol. Plus, the real first name of the character Rooster Cogburn (made famous by John Wayne in the movie “True Grit”) was Reuben. We know, we know. There’s no way around the name’s association of the popular Reuben sandwich (made with corned beef/pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing) – but so what? Ruben/Reuben is an interesting name. It sounds darling on a little boy and ages well into adulthood. It’s strong, masculine and underused – making it an original choice. When it comes to Biblical names, this one is offbeat and interesting. The name can easily be shortened to the ever-popular Ben. Behold! It’s Ruben!
Popularity of the Boy Name Ruben
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ruben
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ruben
Reuben "Rooster" Cogburn (True Grit) Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn is the protagonist of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel, True Grit, made into an award winning movie by the same name in 1968 and a sequel in 1975, Rooster Cogburn, both starring John Wayne. The Coen brothers directed a remake in 2010, starring Jeff Bridges. Reuben is a Civil War veteran, a U. S. Marshall, a drunk, a loner, a has-been and – most of all – a big guy with a big heart that shines through in spite of his best efforts. It matters little what the plot is that drives the action; the important thing is that this is a man who lives by a code as old as humanity – doing the right thing.
Popular Songs on Ruben
Find Me, Ruben Olivares - a song by Red House Painters
Kid and Ruben - a song by NB Ridaz [explicit]
No Ruben - a song by Ruben Studdard
Rubén Patagonia - a song by Almafuerte
Ruben James - a song by Kenny Rogers
Ruben Remus - a song by Bob Dylan
Sinking of Ruben James - a song by The Kingston Trio
Children's Books on the Baby Name Ruben
Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick (Roz Rosenbluth) - An engaging story about family, friendship, and the challenges of dementia. Ruben Plotnick is the cool kid everyone at school wants to know. He's funny and a little wacky, but he always knows the right answers. He's smart. For some unexplained reason, he decides to befriend David, asking to go to his house to do schoolwork. David is thrilled–and worried. His Grandma Rosie has become so unpredictable. Will she do something to embarrass him? What will The Plotnick think? David need not have worried. The Plotnick proves himself to be much more than a smart clown. He has grace and he has heart. He relates immediately to someone who dances to her own beat, displaying maturity and confidence far beyond his age. And he shows David how to be compassionate and remain true to himself. This is an excellent choice for a group read-aloud or to help a child deal with fears of family embarrassment. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Ruben
Famous People Named Ruben - Ruben Studdard (singer); Rubén Amaro, Jr. (baseball player and general manager); Rubén Castro (Spanish soccer player); Rubén Espinoza (Chilean soccer player); Ruben Lagus (Finnish general)
Children of Famous People Named Ruben
Ruben - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ruben.
Ruben - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Ruben - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ruben.
Personality of the Boy Name Ruben
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Ruben