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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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Also love Martha!

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.

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'.

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.

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

Ruth is gorgeous.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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

I really like it but can never use it sad

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

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

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.

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

Love it,classic and sweet

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).

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.

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

I love it
Martha is vile though

GoldPlatedNineDoors Mon 21-Jan-13 13:21:50

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

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

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.

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