First name origin & meaning:
Hebrew: Behold, a son
First name variations: Rube, Ruben, Reubin, Reuven, Reuby, Ben, Benny, Reuben
Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Hebrew personal name
Reuven (interpreted in Genesis 29:32 as reu ‘behold’ +
ben ‘a son’). This Biblical name influenced the selection of
Ashkenazic surnames that are ostensibly derived from the German,
Yiddish, Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian vocabulary word rubin
‘ruby’ (from Late Latin rubinus (lapis), a derivative of
- German and Swiss German: from a pet
form of the personal name Ruprecht (see Rupprecht).
- Italian: variant of Rubino.
- French: metonymic
occupational name for a jeweler, from Old French rubi ‘ruby’.
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