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Spelling Advice Please: Ruben or Reuben?

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BoyMeetsWorld Thu 18-Dec-08 09:35:04

Hi there...

Already settled on Reuben/Ruben as name of PLEASE no negative comments on the name (positive ones always welcome hehe), because we're happy with it.

However, can't decide which way to spell it & would love some advice.

a)REUBEN = it's the traditional root of the name, is Hebrew in origin (which suits his heritage), looks more symmetrical?, would it be tricky to spell/say or do you think it's manageable?

b)RUBEN = a)easier to spell & pronounce?? b)poss less likely to get shortened to 'Ben' (which wouldn't want, prefer Ru or Rube) c)Spanish origin which is no reflection on his background

really interested in your advice


sweetcat Thu 18-Dec-08 09:37:34

Oh, you have chosen my favourite boys name. DH didn't like it or Ds would def have been Reuben. Personally I would go with the trad way but either way it's gorgeous. Congratulations BTW grin

Fillyjonk Thu 18-Dec-08 09:37:52




ruben is a trendy spelling imo. don't do it.

bronze Thu 18-Dec-08 09:38:08


Isaidkissmeunderthemistletoe Thu 18-Dec-08 09:38:39


Lakota Thu 18-Dec-08 09:39:42

I really like it and would definitely go for the traditional way. I really don't think it's that hard to spell.

Lockets Thu 18-Dec-08 09:41:41

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BoyMeetsWorld Thu 18-Dec-08 09:52:21

thanks for the spelling advice guys, that has completely confirmed how I was feeling, yay

Jenbottleofeggnog Thu 18-Dec-08 11:06:23

Ruben looks weird.

And I think it's a great name.

Anna8888 Thu 18-Dec-08 11:07:51


Ruben is just wrong.

Anna8888 Thu 18-Dec-08 11:08:15

Gorgeous name, btw.

SophtheRedNosedReindeer Thu 18-Dec-08 11:40:22

Ruben is how it's spelt in Spain (we live in the Canary Islands & DS1 has a friend called Ruben) so spell it how you like imo.

Lovely name btw grin & Merry Christmas

ninah Thu 18-Dec-08 11:50:10

I prefer Reuben as Ruben makes me think of voluptuous women but my friend has a Ruben, and I do like the name (she was planning on Maurice but changed to her dp's relief)

FlirtyThirty Thu 18-Dec-08 12:27:26

Reuben. No question for me.

twitteringbirds Thu 18-Dec-08 12:29:36

Reuben, for all the reasons listed so far.

Why post at all, Kerrymum?

dinkymum Thu 18-Dec-08 20:31:57

its a name i'm considering and for me it'd be Reuben

EightiesChick Thu 18-Dec-08 23:35:18

Reuben, definitely.

HarktheheraldAnglepoise Fri 19-Dec-08 01:05:49

Definitely Reuben. FWIW, the only one I know gets shortened to Reubs.

Alishanty Sat 20-Dec-08 23:29:09

Reuben. It's my ds's middle name, never even considered the other way tbh.

Pinklett Wed 05-Aug-09 13:35:34

I have a Ruben as my hubby is Spanish and actually, if you spell it that way, you should put an accent mark above the E as it´s pronounced, ruBEN in Spain. (with a rolled R too, if you wanna be a perfectionist!) So unless you live in Spain, go with Reuben. He won´t thank you for the "different" spelling!

mopsyflopsy Wed 05-Aug-09 13:51:37

One additional consideration:

Reuben is pronounced Roy-ben in any Germanic/Nordic language


Ruben is always pronounced Roo-ben in any language

Not sure if that matters to you, but I thought I'd point it out.

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