Girl name origins & meanings
- Hebrew : Compassionate friend
Family name origins & meanings
- English : from Middle English reuthe ‘pity’ (a derivative of rewen to pity, Old English hrēowan) nickname for a charitable person or for a pitiable one. The personal name Ruth was little used in England in the Middle Ages among non-Jews, and is unlikely to have had any influence on the surname.
- Swiss German : from a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with hrōd ‘renown’ (see Rode).