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Any views on Ruth?

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Whatwhatwhat Mon 09-Sep-13 14:52:31

What do you think?

toisa Mon 09-Sep-13 23:48:02

Boring.. Sorry...

WinkyWinkola Mon 09-Sep-13 23:30:01

Loads of livelier biblical names about.


WinkyWinkola Mon 09-Sep-13 23:27:55

A bit staid.

minidipper Mon 09-Sep-13 23:16:10

I love it. She is my all time favourite woman from the Bible. I love her story. Immensely strong, kind woman. Great name.

FloraFoxley Mon 09-Sep-13 23:14:26

Awful, boring, old fashioned, really meh and biblical

EnjoyEverySandwich Mon 09-Sep-13 23:13:18

I disagree that it's easy to pronounce. Someone has already mentioned the tendency of -th to be pronounced like -f.

Add to that the not uncommon inability to say R, and you may end up with Woof shock

BackforGood Mon 09-Sep-13 23:03:19

Bit late to the party, but I like it too, if that helps grin

PeacockPlumage Mon 09-Sep-13 23:01:22

I love it, but then I think there's beauty and interest in simpler things. Some says it's boring but what's an exciting name? I think the fact that it is less common, easy to spell and pronounce and has a very long history make it much more attractive to me than the overly frilly, girly names that are popular at the moment.

It fits the bill for a name that suits a baby, child, teen and adult and has nice nn. I put it in the same camp as Mary, Rose, Anne/a, Beth, Kate, Tess, Ellen, Jane if that's any help.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 09-Sep-13 22:54:24

I love it. I don't think it's boring at all; it's strong and classy.

elah11 Mon 09-Sep-13 22:51:40

Beautiful timeless name! I love it.

bootsycollins Mon 09-Sep-13 22:50:42

I love Ruth.

Whatwhatwhat Mon 09-Sep-13 22:48:26

Good but boring seems to be consensus.
Thanks all. I like it I think.

Vatta Mon 09-Sep-13 22:06:18

It's good, and meets the mumsnet test, ie she could grow up to be a model, or a teacher, or a high court judge.

She can't be a pirate, of course, but then maybe you're happy ruling that out as a career choice.

Biscuitsneeded Mon 09-Sep-13 21:54:33

I think it's a strong name for a principled and not overly frilly person. I like it.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 21:41:03

Ah but that one makes a great "joke" at a leaving do Enjoy - "They thought we were tough before but now we're going to be ....."

Heard that one a few times over the years!

vaticancameo Mon 09-Sep-13 21:36:43

Lovely, but doesn't work with monosyllabic surnames IMO.

EnjoyEverySandwich Mon 09-Sep-13 21:35:21

I've never liked it because, ironically, it makes me think of its opposite meaning: ruthless.

I suppose it's because that's one of those odd words where we never use the positive form. Like disgruntled and uncouth.

Purplelooby Mon 09-Sep-13 21:29:05


Seaweedy Mon 09-Sep-13 20:20:59

This Irish person can pronounce it perfectly and agrees it is a snooze fest.


CordeliaRose Mon 09-Sep-13 20:11:21

Love it smile
Agree that it's a classic name.

Spookey80 Mon 09-Sep-13 16:08:01

I like it too, dh doesn't.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 16:07:09

Yes, sorry Sqoosh, i thought that as soon as a pressed post

idiot55 Mon 09-Sep-13 16:03:26

Love it, nice and short, easy to spell, impossible to mispronounce and difficult to shorten , so all good!

squoosh Mon 09-Sep-13 16:02:31

Tiny, angry, wizened old woman.

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