This word name has been in usage since at least the late 19th century and is derived from the Latin word, rubeus meaning, “red.” Ruby also makes the perfect name for a July baby as its the birthstone for that month.
For awhile, the name was considered rather old fashioned, however, within the last few years, the name has seen a revival, along with other vintagy choices such as Lily, Hazel and Olive.
As of 2008, the name came in at # 113 of the most popular female names in the U.S.A. Rubina is another alternative of the name, most likely originally a feminine form of Rubin. She is even more popular in other English-speaking countries, her rankings are as follows:
- # 15 (Australia, 2008)
- # 89 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
- # 2 (England/Wales, 2008)
- # 24 (Scotland, 2009)