Is this name soaring in popularity or is it me? How many do you know?

(51 Posts)
Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 20:32:22


Since my ds was born I've noticed lots of little Reubens!

Do you become more aware of the name if you have a dc with it?

Just interested!

There are 2 in DD1's class, and 3 in DS Reception Class.

EleanorFarjeon Tue 30-Apr-13 20:35:32

I think it has become more popular.

Lots of Jewish type names are - there are Theos, Ethans, Zacs and a new Malachi at my ds' school.

mrspaddy Tue 30-Apr-13 20:39:20

I haven't heard it used on baby boys of late... it's lovely.
Many years ago my RE teacher taught us a song to learn the 12 sons of Abraham.. to the tune of Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes.. Reuben, Simeon and Levi, Judah, Dan and Naphtalie, Issacer, Sebulon and Gad, Asher, Joseph and Bejamin.. apologies for spelling errors.. Can't believe that just entered my head smile

I don't know any, and have never taught any.

cece Tue 30-Apr-13 20:41:35

I don't know anyone.

Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 20:45:14

mrspaddy grin

Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 20:46:26

You know I don't really mind if it is popular just as long as it doesn't get too popular!

susiedaisy Tue 30-Apr-13 20:47:42

Yes it is getting more popular, I love it thoughsmile

Pinkflipflop Tue 30-Apr-13 20:48:29

Now I really like Levi if ds ever had a little brother!

peachypips Tue 30-Apr-13 20:51:02

Funny- I was just thinking that today! There were two at toddlers and I know another two as well. It's because it's such a lovely name- sounds kind of warm and 'glowy'.

JennyMackerz Tue 30-Apr-13 20:53:35

I love it and my 11 year old was nearly a Reuben but the only Reubens I know are actually adults, even though it does say 'child' more than adult. (at the moment)

I love Saul, I don't understand why that's not more popular.

ItsYoniYappy Tue 30-Apr-13 20:54:16

Oh erm I had a cat named Reuben

JennyMackerz Tue 30-Apr-13 20:55:17

You do become more aware of names after your children are born. My son's name is in the four hundreds but there are at least two others in my average size town. That must be a cluster!

Rhubarbgarden Tue 30-Apr-13 21:10:12

I only actually know one (spelt Rubin) but it's a name you hear being yelled in playgrounds and at baby groups with great regularity.

amessagetoyouYoni Tue 30-Apr-13 21:11:13

I only know one, aged 4. Lovely name.

thermalsinapril Tue 30-Apr-13 21:13:01

I've only ever met one young Reuben and that was a few decades ago! It's a lovely classic Biblical name, so won't date in the same way as some names which suddenly shoot into fashion.

MummyBurrows Tue 30-Apr-13 21:30:58

I don't know any personally but I think it is becoming more popular,it gets mentioned quite a bit on here as a contender for many peoples DSs name...

I think you do become more aware of a name once you have a child with that name though. I've not had that problem (surprisingly) with my dds name but quite a few of my friends have said "when I picked X's name there were no kids called that,but now they're everywhere!"

5madthings Tue 30-Apr-13 21:34:21

My ds2 is oscar reuben, he is almost 11, we liked the name and its also the middle name of a very good friend of ours who is essentially an uncle to our children.

It is more popular, but not massively so.

I know of two reubens both younger than mine.

AngiBolen Tue 30-Apr-13 21:42:28

Yes, there are more Rubens around here than there used to be.

I seem to have some sort of special "nose" for names, liking obscure names which shoot to popularity overnight.

I have a 10yo Oscar....but don't really like the name Reuben.

Make of that what you will.


I think you need to check the national statistics to see if a name really is becoming more popular.

3boysgirlontheway Wed 01-May-13 03:19:14

My 5 year old is Levi Reuben, and his brother is Saul smile

TheRealFellatio Wed 01-May-13 04:02:35

I don't know any Reubens but then I am old and my children are all above 13. but I have noticed a rise in the last 5 years or so in the number of Jewish or Old Testament biblical names, mostly for boys, but a few girls ones as well. Those, and Welsh/Cornish names seem to have taken over from the Celtic thing that was going on all through the 90's and the noughties.

It's funny because people on MN often say 'oh, Liam/Caitlin/Ryan/Riley is a so common and chav' and then they will coo and bill over Seren or Evan or Eleri or Celyn, but in ten years time someone else will be on here saying the same thing about those, or all the Noahs and the Ashers!

I have decided you either have to:

Pick from the classics

Pick truly outlandish and totally unheard of things, or names which are deeply unfashionable because they are from your own or your parents generation, rather than from your grandparents, and that don't follow any kind of emerging trend (see Celtic/Jewish/shakespearean or whatever)

Pick what you like and really not care if there will be four in the class or if someone thinks its common.

Otherwise you are doomed.

kerala Wed 01-May-13 12:20:21

Reuben, Noah, Jacob all super popular round here.

Kelly1992 Wed 01-May-13 12:28:19

I only know 2 Reuben's. But Riley, Leyton, Alfie, Archie and Jack are really popular around here.

JennyMackerz Wed 01-May-13 12:45:36

Absolutely agree. Any emerging trend at all, avoid it.

I wonder if the next trend might be Pope's names, or a 'Catholic Classics' as an alternative to Royal Classics or English Classics. Obviously Charles, William, Edward, Harry all done to death now. I'm wondering if the new pope could spark a mini revival of Francis/Gregory/Benedict/Leo - already quite popular? Nicholas/sylvester (Sylvester maybe doesn't have the classic note the others have! but I can see it rising in a Felix kind of way). What else? Victor, Pascal, Dominic, Peter (not all of them Popes names necessarily but good saints at the least?? Paul - hmm not yet perhaps. Later. But John. I know a few babies called John and I think their parents thought that their John would be the only John for a hundred miles. Not so. John is creeping back.

For girls, Josephine and Tessa seem too much like school names for me, but I have seen them suggested on mn recently. Agatha, Mary - on the rise?

With the Catholic church re-branding itself, I see this as a potential new trend. People who had previously turned their back on their catholic roots and calling their children either Irish names or English classics - deciding to return to the old names.

Obviously I have to say this is just based on a hunch about the next "emerging trend". If you think I'm talking utter shite you are as liekly to be right as I am! smile

JennyMackerz Wed 01-May-13 12:47:00

That essay was for The realfellatio

pygmy Wed 01-May-13 13:47:14

Reuben, Isaac, Joshua, Noah, Elijah and Jacob are all super popular in London. They are this era's Mark, Paul, Jason etc.

lljkk Wed 01-May-13 14:07:51

Don't know a single one. Of any age!

VerySmallSqueak Wed 01-May-13 14:09:36

I don't know any.

kerala Wed 01-May-13 17:43:03

Actually if I were naming a boy I would go with Mark. Clear, simple, non faddy and will leave all the Jacobs and Noahs in the shade grin

Rhubarbgarden Wed 01-May-13 17:59:33

Jenny I think that's a good guess.

PearlyWhites Wed 01-May-13 18:03:26

My friends ds is Rueben he is 9 months

photographerlady Thu 02-May-13 11:46:28

Reuben is a sandwich, and its tasty

ben5 Thu 02-May-13 11:51:10

I have a Ruben in my cub pack but he's the only one I know

JennyMackerz Thu 02-May-13 12:35:38

Reuben is a sandwich? I ahd heard that there was a sandwich named Reuben in America but do Americans consider it totally unusable because of that? That might be a good thing. Names that become very popular very quickly in America can sound a little insubstantial to the UK ear. NOT going to give any examples for fear of upsetting anybody. But two names that wouldn't work in the USA Jemima and Reuben, I think they are 'safe' from being the next tracey and wayne.

DaveMccave Fri 03-May-13 11:46:41

It's very popular. I know 5 in real life, and about 10 online.

CheerfulYank Fri 03-May-13 11:50:42

It's not because Reuben is a sandwich that it doesn't work in the US yet, it's because it's still a hillbilly name.

oohaveabanana Fri 03-May-13 11:51:39

I think it's definitely getting more popular - I know a few. Still a lovely name, though.

pickledginger Fri 03-May-13 12:49:57

Reuben was 72nd on the last ONS list for boys names from 2011 (published in 2012). 941 babies were called Reuben. The list for 2012 comes out this summer and I'm sure it will have gone up.

pickledginger Fri 03-May-13 12:52:31

898 of those 941 were born in England.

katrinefonsmark Fri 03-May-13 12:59:16

If you want to avoid a trend puck names you and your contemporaries have. Go for Lisa, Darren, Paul, Claire, Debbie, Dawn, Joanne and Nicola and you'll be fine.

katrinefonsmark Fri 03-May-13 13:02:05

Or how about baby Ray? You'll be on your own with that one.

I know a couple.

Not sure you do become more aware of names. I don't hear either of my two's names often and one of them was top 30 when he was born.

pygmy Fri 03-May-13 13:16:51

If you add the Rubens to the Reubens, plus other spellings, it would be a lot higher in the stats!

notso Fri 03-May-13 13:27:25

I seem to have some sort of special "nose" for names, liking obscure names which shoot to popularity overnight.

Me too, we really thought we were being different with all our four, but they all end up being really popular.

MummyPig24 Fri 03-May-13 14:22:04

I know 2 Reuben's, 20 mths and 5yrs old. It's not the popular round here.

Chottie Fri 03-May-13 21:10:18

I do not know of a single Reuben around here (south London)

FatherSpodoKomodo Fri 03-May-13 22:15:40

I know 2 Reubens. One of them is my own nearly 9 yo. And the other is the 2 yo brother of one of his classmates.

My friend has a friend with a Ruben, who must be about 11, but I've never met him. I only know as my friend always spells my Reuben as Ruben and it's all that other womans fault. grin

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 03-May-13 22:30:13

I know one! But he is 26. It's lovely

Hassled Fri 03-May-13 22:31:29

I can think of 2 - one 11, one probably 9. It's a nice name - and a good balance between known but not wildly popular.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 03-May-13 22:32:58

I have heard of a couple but non in immediate friends / family/ nursery. I irrationally hate it as it's awful in a NE accent.

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