First name origin & meaning:
Hebrew: Compassionate friend
First name variations: Ruthie, Ruthanne
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative
of rewen to pity, Old English hrēowan) nickname for a
charitable person or for a pitiable one. The personal name Ruth
was little used in England in the Middle Ages among non-Jews, and is
unlikely to have had any influence on the surname.
German: from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed
with hrōd ‘renown’ (see Rode).
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