(71 Posts)
Iris1 Sun 20-Jan-13 18:46:45

Wondering what the general opinion of Ruth is?
Granny chic? Or just granny?
I think it's lovely and would suit a little girl. I also think it's a nice name for an adult. It's just barely heard of. Does it have the same appeal of say Martha?

Sabriel Sun 20-Jan-13 18:48:21

I've only ever known one Ruth. She'd be about 22 by now. Lovely name, suits a little girl, a teen and a woman.

GRW Sun 20-Jan-13 18:50:25

I like it and my daughter has a 14 year old friend called Ruth. It makes a nice change from the longer names that are fashionable now.

Bunbaker Sun 20-Jan-13 18:51:07

Love it. We have a Ruth in our family.

DessieLou Sun 20-Jan-13 18:54:15

I know a really lovely Ruth who goes by Ruthie. I really like it and it will definately be considered for another dd if we have one. Go for it!

bigbadbarry Sun 20-Jan-13 18:55:34

Lovely smile

thewhistler Sun 20-Jan-13 18:55:37

I love it.

Ragwort Sun 20-Jan-13 18:56:18

Agree, lovely name.

My sister is Ruth, she's 27. I love it.

BanghamTheDirtyScone Sun 20-Jan-13 18:57:18

Sorry, so sorry but I really cannot like it.

Martha is much nicer though.

I love it - tho am slightly biased as its my name (do hope this doesn't out me!) grin

VoldermortOrJackBauer Sun 20-Jan-13 18:59:31

Gorgeous name

yoyo123 Sun 20-Jan-13 18:59:35

I love Ruth..Not over popular, but a lovely name. My daughter is Anna ( she just looked like one) there are not many people with her name , but it is not a @wild and whacky' name. I went to school with 2 Ruths in the 70's and they were both lovely people!

lockets Sun 20-Jan-13 19:00:48

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Cakethrow Sun 20-Jan-13 19:01:30

I really like this name but am also biased . . . smile

JimbosJetSet Sun 20-Jan-13 19:03:35

... I second Cakethrow!!

Iris1 Sun 20-Jan-13 19:04:06

Wow the replies have really made me smile. I do know of one lady called Ruth who I went to school with, and she must be around 28 now and she was lovely and classy.

What middle name would you pair it with?

LynetteScavo Sun 20-Jan-13 19:04:13

It's underused.

I adore the name Martha.

Martha and Ruth could be sisters . (But Martha would be older wink)

I know several people my age called Ruth, but no children. DS did go to school with a Ruth-Anne, though.

Iris1 Sun 20-Jan-13 19:10:53

lynette Martha and Ruth are fab sibling names, and I can just see it with Martha being older and more sensible and Ruth would be adventurous and a bit silly!

mamalovesmojitos Sun 20-Jan-13 19:15:50

Love Ruth. I only know two, both are beautiful looking & have gorgeous personalities smile. Love Martha too.

happyhorse Sun 20-Jan-13 19:23:27

I think it's a dull name, very beige.

Eebs Sun 20-Jan-13 19:32:48

My name is Ruth and I have never liked it especially as I am from Essex and got called Roof. But now I have heard all these lovely comments about the name I will shift my opinion! I do like being called Ruthie though and think its an especially lovely nn when they are small.

lockets Sun 20-Jan-13 19:37:23

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Harrysmummysarah1 Sun 20-Jan-13 19:39:17

I have a dd Martha but am not a fan of Ruth for some reason.
Something about the way it sounds I don't like.
But it's not a terrible name infant I'd love it on someone else's child just not my own.

Selks Sun 20-Jan-13 19:44:42

It's a great name. Could work really well with a bit more 'showy' middle name such as Ruth Francesca

MadBusLady Sun 20-Jan-13 19:48:16

I know a really cool Ruth (late 30s) so yes, like it.

chocolateicecream Sun 20-Jan-13 19:48:45

My Dd 1 is a Ruth. She does suit it and likes the name too. We did have a wobble when a boy at a Birthday party told her that she was named after a part of a house. She's got over that one now.

chocolateicecream Sun 20-Jan-13 19:49:26

Oh, she is 7.

thewhistler Sun 20-Jan-13 21:58:45

It needs a two or three syllable name to follow.


Allthesanityinme Sun 20-Jan-13 22:10:58

Lovely, classic name great bible character origin and suits all sorts of ages and personalities imo

thenightsky Sun 20-Jan-13 22:12:24

DD has Ruth as her middle name:

Charlotte Ruth.

emsyj Sun 20-Jan-13 22:15:44

My DD (2.5yo) is Ruth. We wanted a name that was unusual in the sense that she wouldn't be one of four in her class at school (like I was! grin) but that people would be able to spell and that wasn't too out-there.

Her middle name is Ann, which I think is rubbish if I'm honest - I don't like Ruth Ann together but we wanted to use Ann as it's both my DMum and MIL's middle name, so family reasons - but they do sound a bit 'meh' as a combo.

DD gets called Roo, Ruthie and Ruthie-Roo.

shine0ncrazydiamond Sun 20-Jan-13 22:17:06

No, hate it.

Too biblical and old fashioned.

GlassTrees Sun 20-Jan-13 22:19:35

My friend has a 13 year old Ruth who gets called Roo mainly and Ruthie. I love itenvy

lisianthus Sun 20-Jan-13 22:27:24

I really love Ruth as a name. I love "virtue" names, and the story of Ruth is one of the loveliest biblical stories (had the reading at my wedding...). It's also a very subtle virtue name with a beautiful meaning (Mercy).

glastocat Sun 20-Jan-13 22:29:36

I hate it because it reminds me of a horrible relative.

My middle name is Ruth and i too had the reading at my wedding. I hated the name as a child and really like it now.

Casmama Sun 20-Jan-13 22:31:14

I think it is a really dull name despite the fact it is my middle name.

TheSecondComing Sun 20-Jan-13 22:32:04

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PurpleStorm Sun 20-Jan-13 22:37:51

Ruth's quite a nice name.

Not a name that I associate with any particular age of person, as I've only ever met a handful of Ruth's.

Devora Sun 20-Jan-13 22:42:16

Like it. Loads of Ruths in my family, but none children. Would you well with a frillier middle name like Josephine or Arielle.

Anonymumous Sun 20-Jan-13 22:46:55

What do you call a woman with tiles on her head?


It's a no from me! But then I don't know any. I'm Ruthless...

williaminajetfighter Sun 20-Jan-13 23:06:02

Know a few people named Ruth including a six year old but really think its a dreadful name. Incredibly dull and not at all sexy or beautiful.

I'm not a fan of one syllable names. Dan. Dave. Liz. Ann. Ruth. Etcetera.

williaminajetfighter Sun 20-Jan-13 23:09:46

Sorry my last message sounded quite harsh. I just think Ruth is very immemorable. Martha is fab though. Strong. Teutonic. The name of a little girl or the director of a company!

evamummy Sun 20-Jan-13 23:11:22

I find it very harsh and unfeminine, sorry.

I like it- in fact, DC3 (who is due next week) with be Ruth if I have a girl. I like the fact that she won't be one of several in her class when she's older, and it's a name suitable for all ages.

Bunbaker Mon 21-Jan-13 07:23:04

I much prefer it to Martha. Unfortunately the father of the Ruth I know cannot pronounce "th" properly so she gets called Roof at home.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 21-Jan-13 13:18:34

I love it and it would have been on my shortlist but DH's family can't pronounce the 'th' sound. hmm

I know two mid-20s Ruths. Nice enough name.

ninah Mon 21-Jan-13 13:22:00

I love it
Martha is vile though

Dominodonkey Mon 21-Jan-13 16:14:58

Not 'granny' at all - it is a little dull but pleasant enough.

It makes me think of a calm and sensible person.

SneezySnatcher Mon 21-Jan-13 19:28:27

Gorgeous. It's one of my favourite girls' names. I like Martha but I know of several new babies with that name (plus another on the way).

birdofthenorth Tue 22-Jan-13 11:51:04

Love it,classic and sweet

Patsy99 Tue 22-Jan-13 12:46:52

I would associate it with being an old Testament Jewish name, but that might be because I live in a Jewish area.

CheeseStrawWars Tue 22-Jan-13 12:51:13

I don't like Ruthie - sounds like roofie, a.k.a. rohypnol.

fraktion Tue 22-Jan-13 19:21:12

I really like it but can never use it sad

thegreylady Tue 22-Jan-13 19:29:38

My mum was Ruth [born 1923!] I wish I had used it for dd sad
She would have given it to a dd herself but she had two boys smile
I love both Ruth and Martha.

ByTheWay1 Tue 22-Jan-13 19:37:52

My DD has a best friend called Ruth (10) - there are 6 Ruths at her primary school, so not that uncommon in Gloucestershire...

smother Wed 23-Jan-13 10:20:25

Love Ruth. Love Martha too. Met a little baby Ruth recently and was struck how sweet the name is, and great for an adult too as you say.

steppemum Wed 23-Jan-13 10:29:12

Not Granny at all
simple classic, everyone recognises it, but not frequently used

I know Ruths of all ages, but not actually any small children

weegiemum Wed 23-Jan-13 10:39:48

I like it.

One of my loveliest friends is a Ruth, I know Ruths from age 1 to 80! Timeless and fantastic.

Ruththetooth Wed 23-Jan-13 10:41:01

It's my name and I love it. I like the fact that it's a 'proper' name but there aren't many of my age group. Wasn't so keen as a child though as would have liked to be called Sarah or Emma like everyone else.

FreedomOfTheTess Wed 23-Jan-13 12:14:36

I love the name Ruth, but unfortunately it's my sister's name, so I don't think I'd ever use it for that reason. My sister would think it was after her and it wouldn't be!

bootsycollins Wed 23-Jan-13 12:20:49

Ruth is gorgeous.

AmandaPayne Wed 23-Jan-13 12:36:00

I like it. I know a four year old Ruth.

I'd pair it with something long - Ruth Elizabeth, Ruth Margaret, Ruth Cordelia - that type of length.

Personally I think that the comment about it not being 'sexy' is odd. Why would you want a name to be sexy?

Nor do I think it is harsh or dull. Personally (and I do understand that this is a very personal view and I am not attacking any of the posters who have said it isn't their taste) I think that in the UK we are becoming a bit obsessed with a name having to be ultra feminine not to be considered 'ugly' or 'harsh'. All those 'a' names (Isabella, Isla, Ava, Sophia etc) and i.e./y names (Milly, Tilly, Maisie) are becoming a bit of a name hegemony. I just looked and, of the top 20 girls names for 2012, only one (Grace) does not end in some varient of an ee or a sound. I have nothing against those names, but I'm all for a bit of variety and I don't think a name has to be super frilly and girly to be beautiful.

Iris1 Wed 23-Jan-13 15:22:19

Have really enjoyed reading all these replies so thank you to everyone who has posted.
I do really love it so I'm putting green it high up my list if I have a girl.
I'm thinking Ruth Annabel or perhaps having two middle names and going for Ruth Matilda Martha.
I'm not sure yet.
AmandaI completely agree about certain popular names. Ruth is timeless, classy and beautiful. I too would most definitely not want my daughters name to be 'sexy'.

mathanxiety Thu 24-Jan-13 19:26:26

I love it [am biased]. I know several of all ages.
I suggest a soft-sounding, long, classic name as a mn:

Isabella or Isobel

Annabel is lovely.

WickWackThurso Fri 25-Jan-13 18:50:49

LOVE Ruth - means compassion and have only met lovely, kind Ruths!

Also love Martha!

DandyDan Fri 25-Jan-13 21:46:01

Martha and Ruth both lovely.
Like WickWack I have only met lovely Ruths.

Also used as a middle name in my family.

mathanxiety Sun 27-Jan-13 02:59:22

Funny enough, I'm not keen on Martha and apart from the TH in both I don't see them in the same category.

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 09:23:22

I really like it. Much nicer than Martha I think.

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