Girl Baby Name

Ruby

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Quick Facts on Ruby

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 93
Pronunciation:
RUE-bee
Simple meaning:
Red, prosperous

Characteristics of Ruby

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ruby

Ruby is an English vocabulary word for the gemstone of the same name, which is derived from the Latin word “rubeus” meaning ‘red.’ The ruby comes from the same mineral (corundum) as the sapphire, and is more valuable the more red in color and the more transparent in clarity. It is also thought to store heat, and said to attract abundance in material and spiritual wealth. It’s the gemstone of prosperousness. As a given name, Ruby became popularized in the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Ruby

The height of Ruby’s popularity in America came around the turn of the 20th century all the way through the 1930s when it was consistently a Top 50 favorite. From that point on, the name starts to wane reaching a low-point of moderate usage from the 1960s through the 1990s. Today, Ruby is experiencing a comeback, which shadows the popularity of other time-tested, 100-year-old girls’ names (such as Lillian, Chloe, Lydia). Old fashioned names that once belonged to your great-grandmothers are all the rage today. What was once considered a grey-haired name, Ruby is now a lively and charming choice for today’s parents. The name not only follows the trend in traditional names for girls, but stylistically, it can be categorized as a “color” name (like Jade, Scarlett or Violet) and a “gemstone” name (like Jade, Amber and Pearl). Whatever the reason for choosing Ruby, it’s indeed a delightful mixture of so much contained in such a simple name. It's not good-bye, it's HELLO Ruby Tuesday!
Popularity of the Girl Name Ruby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ruby

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ruby

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ruby

    Ruby Gillis (Anne of Green Gables) Ruby is one of Anne Shirley’s friends in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, and its sequels. She is a very pretty girl, quite boy-crazy, and intent on having lots of beaus. As one of many sisters, Ruby has learned a lot about life, and enjoys sharing her wisdom with her friends. She eventually becomes a teacher and she does find true love, but dies of consumption before she is able to marry.

    Ruby Thewes (Cold Mountain) Ruby is a friend of Ada Monroe, one of the two main protagonists in the 1997 book by Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain, also made into a very successful film. When Ada inherits her father’s farm during the Civil War, she is ill-equipped to handle it, having been raised to be a delicate Southern belle. Ruby to the rescue – while uneducated and illiterate, she is quite at home in the natural setting and not afraid of hard work. She tackles all tasks presented, and succeeds in whipping the farm into shape, while becoming a confidante to the love-lorn Ada. She is buoyant and colorful, having already overcome many obstacles in her young life, including a drunken and abusive father – she even takes him in after he deserts the war. Her sterling character is well rewarded by marriage and motherhood.

  • Popular Songs on Ruby

    Popular Songs on Ruby

    Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) - a song by Helen Reddy

    Ravishing Ruby - a song by Tom T. Hall

    Ruby - a song by Ray Charles

    Ruby (Are You Mad) - a song by Buck Owens

    Ruby Adeline - a song by Minnie Driver

    Ruby Baby - a song by Dion

    Ruby Baby - a song by The Drifters

    Ruby Dear - a song by The Talking Heads

    Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town - a song by Kenny Rogers

    Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town - a song by The Statler Brothers

    Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Ruby Jean and Billie Lee - a song by Seals & Crofts

    Ruby Lane - a song by Milla Jovovich

    Ruby Sees All - a song by Cake

    Ruby Through the Looking-Glass - a song by Tori Amos

    Ruby Tuesday - a song by The Corrs

    Ruby Tuesday - a song by The Rolling Stones

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ruby

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ruby

    Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Derrick Barnes) - Eight-year-old Ruby Booker is the baby sis of Marcellus (11), Roosevelt (10), and Tyner (9), the most popular boys on Chill Brook Ave. When Ruby isn't hanging with her friend, Theresa Petticoat, she's finding out what kind of mischief her brothers are getting into. She's sweet and sassy and every bit as tough as her older siblings. She sings like nobody's business; she has a pet iguana named Lady Love; her favorite color is grape-jelly purple; and when she grows up, she's going to be the most famous woman animal doctor on the planet. She's the fabulous, oh-so-spectacular Ruby Marigold Booker! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Good Night, Baby Ruby (Rohan Henry) - Baby Ruby, like so many children, doesn’t want to go to bed. After she gets a bath and has her hair brushed, no one can find her! Is she rooting through the closet? Or is she playing with kitty? Explore along with Baby Ruby as she avoids bedtime—but not for too long. Lovable Ruby will charm bedtime readers with her curiosity and playfulness. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Max's Easter Surprise (Rosemary Wells) - From the Max and Ruby series. Ruby and her friend Louise are decorating Easter eggs, but Max wants to have an Easter Parade. Big sister Ruby tells Max that the Easter Parade is tomorrow, but that he can help today by carrying all the decorated eggs to the Easter basket. But Max doesn’t want to just carry the eggs—he wants to march them in a parade! Part of a series. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ruby in Her Own Time (Jonathan Emmett) - In today’s dog-eat-dog world of competitive parenting, where moms and dads flaunt their children’s developmental milestone accomplishments like Wall Street coups, little duckling Ruby simply won’t play that game. She hatches late, is a picky eater, and refuses to swim, even while siblings Rufus, Rorie, Rosie, and Rebecca stick with the program. Their father despairs of Ruby ever catching up, but wise Mother Duck is quietly confident: "She will…in her own time." And sure enough, when it comes time to spread their wings, Ruby flies higher and farther than any of her brothers and sisters. But will she ever come back? You guessed it: "She will…in her own time." Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Ruby Lu, Brave and True (Lenore Look) - Ruby Lu makes her debut in this funny and charming chapter book. Full of joie de vivre, the eight-year-old loves her family, particularly her baby brother, Oscar; wearing reflective tape; and performing in her own backyard magic show. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Ruby the Copycat (Margaret Rathmann) - It's the first day of school, and Ruby is new. When her classmate Angela wears a red bow in her hair, Ruby comes back from lunch wearing a red bow, too. When Angela wears a flowered dress, suddenly Ruby's wearing one, too. Fortunately, Ruby's teacher knows a better way to help Ruby fit in--by showing how much fun it is to be herself! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ruby's Wish (Shirin Yim) - First-time kids' book author Shirin Yim Bridges uses a tender family story to travel back to turn-of-the-century China and teach a proto-feminist lesson about perseverance and self-belief. Idiosyncratic young Ruby lives in a large (and wealthy!) Chinese family, in a gigantic "house filled with the shrieks and laughter of over one hundred children." She stands out because she insists on always wearing red, the color of celebration. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Slumber Party Payback: Ruby and The Booker Boys (Derrick Barnes) - The last time Ruby hosted a slumber party, her big brother Roosevelt pranked and frightened the girls all night. Now it's payback time! With a little ingenuity and a lot of lipstick, Ruby and her crew come up with some hilarious high jinks that are sure to teach Roosevelt a valuable lesson. Bottom line—don't mess with Ruby Booker! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Tea for Ruby (Sarah the Duchess of York Ferguson) - That Ruby! Wherever she goes, table cloths accidentally pull dishes to the floor, flowers get trampled and spaghetti somehow ends up in her hair. You can't take Ruby anywhere! One sunny morning, the postman brings Ruby an amazing invitation to have tea with -- the Queen! Ruby had better polish her manners and quickly. Will Ruby really be ready in time? Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ruby

    Famous People Named Ruby

    Famous People Named Ruby - Ruby Dee (actress); Ruby Keeler (actress); Ruby Rose (MTV VJ)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ruby

    Children of Famous People Named Ruby

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Ruby - Jillian Barberie Reynolds (TV personality); Kitty Wells (country singer); Matthew Modine (actor); Rod Stewart (musician); Suzanne Vega (musician); Tobey Maguire (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Ruby - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ruby - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ruby.

Personality of the Girl Name Ruby

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ruby

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