Ruth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ruth the Moabite, Hebrew רות, of uncertain origin, possibly meaning "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth by Puritans.

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Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

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Wiktionary has an Appendix listing books of the Bible

  1. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  2. Ruth, the resident of Moab around whom the text centers.
  3. A female given name.
    • 1982 Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Fawcett Columbine, 1996, ISBN 0449911594, page 134
      He pictured the woman as dark and Biblical, because of her name: Ruth. Shadowed eyes and creamy skin. Torrents of loose black hair.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The given name was rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Puritans. Popular from the 1890s to the 1920s, particularly in the USA.

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Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

  1. Ruth (biblical character).
  2. A female given name of biblical origin.

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 31 594 females with the given name Ruth have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1920s. Accessed on April 14th, 2011.

Dutch[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth ?

  1. The eighth book of the Bible.

Estonian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

  1. A female given name of biblical origin, variant of Rutt.

German[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

  1. Ruth (biblical character).
  2. A female given name.

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgate Latin Ruth, from Hebrew רות, cognate with English Ruth. Used as a given name since the 18th century. Equivalent to the modern Norwegian biblical Rut.

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

  1. A female given name.

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 9707 females with the given name Ruth, compared to 385 named Rut, living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1920s. Accessed on April 14th 2011.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Ruth. A spelling variant of Rut.

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth f

  1. A female given name.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgate Latin Ruth, from Hebrew רות. First recorded as a given name in 1621.

Proper noun[edit]

Ruth

  1. A female given name, an alternative spelling of Rut.

References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • [3] Statistiska centralbyrån: 14 540 females with the given name Ruth, compared to 23 268 named Rut, living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1920s. Accessed on April 14th, 2011.