See also: ruth

English edit

Etymology edit

From Ruth the Moabite, Hebrewרות⁩, of uncertain origin, possibly meaning "companion". Also associated with the English noun ruth (compassion) by Puritans.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɹuːθ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːθ

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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.
    Synonym: (abbreviation) Rth.
  2. Ruth, the resident of Moab around whom the text centers.
  3. A female given name from Hebrew.
    • 1945, Agatha Christie, Sparkling Cyanide, HarperCollins, published 2010, →ISBN, page 30:
      Her face hardened.
      "I despise pity."
      "In spite of your name? Ruth is your name, isn't it? Piquant that. Ruth the ruthless."
    • 1982, Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Fawcett Columbine, published 1996, →ISBN, 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.
  4. A census-designated place in White Pine County, Nevada, United States.
  5. A census-designated place in Trinity County, California, United States.

Usage notes edit

  • The given name was rarely used by non-Jews in the Middle Ages. Taken into regular use by Christian Puritans as a virtue name from the 16th century. Popular from the 1890s to the 1920s, particularly in the USA.

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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 14, 2011.

Dutch edit

Alternative forms edit

  • Rut (non-standard, rare)

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle Dutch ruth, from Latin Ruth, from Koine Greek Ῥούθ (Rhoúth), from Biblical Hebrewרוּת(rut).

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Ruth f

  1. (Judaism, Christianity) Ruth (Moabite woman, Biblical character).
  2. (Judaism, Christianity) Ruth (book of the Hebrew Bible; the eighth book according to the Christian canon).
  3. a female given name

Etymology 2 edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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  • Hyphenation: Ruth

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Ruth n

  1. A hamlet in Deurne, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.

Estonian edit

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Ruth

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

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Ruth f

  1. a female given name
  2. (biblical) Ruth

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Ruth f (proper noun, genitive Ruth or Ruths, plural Ruths)

  1. Ruth (biblical character).
  2. a female given name, equivalent to English Ruth

Norwegian edit

Etymology edit

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

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Ruth

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Ruth

References edit

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, →ISBN
  • [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

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An etymological spelling under the influence of English Ruth.

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Ruth f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Ruth
  2. Alternative spelling of Rut
    • 1922, Federico García Lorca, Primeras Canciones, Cuatro Baladas Amarillas, III:
      Los bueyes
      siempre van suspirando
      por los campos de Ruth
      en busca del vado,
      del eterno vado,
      borrachos de luceros
      a rumiarse sus llantos.
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)

Swedish edit

Etymology edit

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

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Ruth c (genitive Ruths)

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

References edit

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [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.