Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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!

Quick Facts

ON RUBY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

93

PRONUNCIATION:

RUE-bee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Red, prosperous

Characteristics

OF RUBY

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ruby

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RUBY

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 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

Ruby Jewel Was Here
a song by Allison Moorer

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 Dear
a song by The Talking Heads

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

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

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

Famous People

NAMED RUBY

Ruby Dee (actress)
Ruby Keeler (actress)
Ruby Rose (MTV VJ)
Ruby Dee (actress)
Ruby Keeler (actress)
Ruby Rose (MTV VJ)
Ruby Dee (actress)
Ruby Keeler (actress)
Ruby Rose (MTV VJ)

Children of Famous People

NAMED RUBY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Ruby

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RUBY

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