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Ruth Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Ruth?

Ranking 265th in popularity in the United States for girls in 2017, the name Ruth is somewhat popular.

Currently in the top 500, this name has been part of the top 500 most popular since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began record keeping.

Position 3, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1893.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1920 with 26,101 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Ruth was 234 in 1880.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Ruth occurred roughly during the years 1887-1893, 1897-1900, and 1911-1918, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1921-1936, 1942-1945, 1954-1958, and 1959-1973.

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a very low point.

How popular will Ruth be?

The popularity trend for Ruth has been moving upward for a while. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Ruth for their newborn has risen.

The name Ruth is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

Relative to what it once was, Ruth is much less frequently used as a given name.

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   Ruth (Girl)Ruth (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 1,194 265 < 5 --
2016 1,094 298 < 5 --
2015 1,102 292 < 5 --
2014 1,057 311 < 5 --
2013 986 328 < 5 --
2012 926 343 < 5 --
2011 901 358 < 5 --
2010 929 346 < 5 --
2009 912 355 < 5 --
2008 924 357 5 14,200
2007 958 345 < 5 --
2006 889 365 < 5 --
2005 906 347 < 5 --
2004 905 351 < 5 --
2003 888 349 < 5 --
2002 900 337 < 5 --
2001 943 330 < 5 --
2000 903 341 < 5 --
1999 870 344 < 5 --
1998 850 342 < 5 --
1997 856 334 < 5 --
1996 801 347 < 5 --
1995 852 321 6 8,675
1994 880 310 < 5 --
1993 858 308 5 9,894
1992 853 320 < 5 --
1991 985 284 5 9,344
1990 906 305 7 7,024
1989 985 275 12 4,480
1988 998 256 14 3,669
1987 1,031 249 9 4,882
1986 1,083 239 13 3,613
1985 1,116 232 9 4,624
1984 1,163 223 11 3,887
1983 1,124 223 11 3,820
1982 1,178 222 15 3,077
1981 1,266 207 6 6,102
1980 1,254 208 8 4,858
1979 1,201 217 8 4,774
1978 1,208 212 11 3,564
1977 1,190 212 8 4,504
1976 1,197 205 11 3,439
1975 1,230 199 5 6,161
1974 1,299 196 5 5,861
1973 1,274 201 14 2,692
1972 1,383 201 < 5 --
1971 1,628 190 12 2,945
1970 1,817 178 11 3,035
1969 1,903 168 8 3,543
1968 2,148 149 8 3,316
1967 2,420 145 15 2,123
1966 2,847 128 11 2,594
1965 3,230 118 12 2,451
1964 3,636 114 17 2,028
1963 3,870 113 17 2,032
1962 4,292 104 22 1,752
1961 4,892 96 12 2,512
1960 4,943 97 17 2,029
1959 5,052 97 12 2,509
1958 5,246 90 13 2,347
1957 5,667 84 20 1,831
1956 6,075 77 13 2,347
1955 6,183 70 17 1,967
1954 6,567 66 8 3,135
1953 6,577 62 9 2,872
1952 6,953 57 17 1,928
1951 7,075 53 11 2,478
1950 7,128 49 10 2,553
1949 7,651 47 21 1,659
1948 7,904 45 14 2,099
1947 8,481 44 25 1,513
1946 8,472 38 30 1,295
1945 8,044 33 19 1,569
1944 8,675 32 32 1,188
1943 9,367 33 42 1,050
1942 9,315 33 43 1,033
1941 8,862 28 39 1,046
1940 8,886 24 36 1,105
1939 9,060 22 50 884
1938 9,301 21 43 975
1937 9,605 15 49 891
1936 9,213 16 43 949
1935 9,989 15 52 880
1934 10,567 13 65 768
1933 11,137 13 52 867
1932 12,255 11 76 716
1931 13,129 11 61 807
1930 14,940 10 70 770
1929 16,015 8 70 770
1928 17,861 6 67 803
1927 19,417 6 91 675
1926 20,221 6 73 756
1925 22,248 6 77 752
1924 23,601 6 71 807
1923 23,637 6 62 870
1922 23,629 5 73 788
1921 25,783 5 58 930
1920 26,101 5 54 945
1919 24,565 5 63 830
1918 25,534 5 47 982
1917 23,568 5 50 907
1916 23,190 5 55 853
1915 21,878 5 46 923
1914 15,839 5 46 787
1913 12,609 5 33 850
1912 11,280 5 43 647
1911 8,003 5 29 573
1910 7,212 5 35 469
1909 6,509 4 17 673
1908 6,180 4 20 578
1907 5,573 5 15 694
1906 5,140 5 19 542
1905 5,068 5 20 522
1904 4,900 5 15 609
1903 4,518 5 13 651
1902 4,384 5 17 533
1901 3,974 5 15 528
1900 4,765 5 16 645
1899 3,912 5 9 771
1898 4,249 5 15 567
1897 3,878 5 20 435
1896 3,905 5 12 667
1895 3,551 6 7 966
1894 3,372 6 15 535
1893 3,658 3 12 606
1892 3,290 5 12 632
1891 1,857 19 < 5 --
1890 1,195 46 5 1,133
1889 1,073 46 < 5 --
1888 850 59 < 5 --
1887 627 62 5 1,046
1886 581 66 < 5 --
1885 506 70 5 1,076
1884 442 74 < 5 --
1883 387 74 < 5 --
1882 323 80 < 5 --
1881 275 84 < 5 --
1880 234 93 < 5 --

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.