How popular is the baby name Ruby in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ruby and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ruby.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Ruby

Number of Babies Named Ruby

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Ruby

Top 50 Nature Names for Baby Girls

Nature is waking up again! Let’s celebrate by checking out which nature names are the most popular for baby girls right now. Ironically the top 50 list below includes all the seasons except for “Spring,” but it does feature lots of springtime things: flowers, birds, trees…

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For this list I stuck to names that are also correctly spelled English words. This means that I skipped names that are non-English words (like Stella and Luna) and alternative spellings of words (like Brooke and Briar). I should also mention that several of the above (including Rowan, Robin, and Clementine) do have more than one etymology to choose from.

Here are links to the popularity graphs:

1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50
Lily
Violet
Hazel
Autumn
Ruby
Willow
Jasmine
Jade
Ivy
Rose
Daisy
Summer
Iris
Olive
Rowan
Amber
River
Ember
Aspen
Sage
Magnolia
Meadow
Wren
Ivory
Laurel
Sky
Clementine
Dahlia
Juniper
Raven
Holly
Savanna
Rosemary
Winter
Crystal
Azalea
Pearl
Jewel
Heather
Robin
Diamond
Poppy
Opal
Sunny
Coral
Emerald
Clover
Pepper
Sapphire
Amethyst

Which nature name(s) do you like best?

P.S. Nature names that didn’t quite make the top 50 included Stormy, Zinnia, Sandy, and Acacia.


Baby Nearly Named After Police Officer

On July 30, 1946, Los Angeles police officer Harry Dowty helped a pregnant woman named Edith Runfola deliver a baby girl.

According to the LA Times, Edith “said she [would] name the baby Harriet in honor of Officer Dowty.”

But what do the records say? The California Birth Index shows that Edith’s daughter got the first name Josephine and middle name Katherine. No mention of “Harriet.”

Did Edith change her mind? Did her husband veto “Harriet”? We shall never know…

But we do know the names of Edith’s other children. The article listed the 10 born before Josephine and the California Birth Index revealed that at least two more came along after:

  • Florence
  • Pearl
  • Ruby
  • Willie
  • Hazel
  • Marie
  • Daniel
  • Grace
  • Edith
  • Kenneth
  • Josephine (and not Harriet)
  • Jack
  • Helena

Source: “Police Officer Assists at Birth of Baby Girl.” Los Angeles Times 31 Jul. 1946: A1.

Popular Baby Names in Tasmania, 2015

According to the Tasmanian government, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2015 were again Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Charlotte
2. Ella
3. Amelia
4. Mia
5. Sophie
6. Matilda
7. Ruby
8. Grace
9. Ivy
10. Ava
1. Oliver
2. William
3. Charlie
4. Jack
5. Thomas
6. James
7. Harrison
8. Oscar
9. Henry
10. Lucas

These rankings are pretty different from the 2014 rankings.

In the girls’ top 10, Ella, Ivy, and Ava replace Isla, Olivia, and Lucy. (Ivy is rising fast in the U.S. as well.)

In the boys’ top 10, James, Harrison, Oscar, Henry, and Lucas replace Mason, Lachlan, Max, Logan, and Noah.

Source: Tasmanian Top Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in Queensland, 2015

According to data from Queensland Government, the most popular baby names in Queensland in 2015 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Queensland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Charlotte, 415 baby girls
2. Olivia, 357
3. Amelia, 344
4. Ava, 322
5. Mia, 314
6. Emily, 280
7. Sophie, 276
8. Grace, 260
9. Ella, 248
10. Ruby, 245
1. Oliver, 541 baby boys
2. William, 463
3. Jack, 402
4. Noah, 314
5. Thomas, 310
6. Harrison, 293 (tie)
7. Ethan, 293 (tie)
8. Cooper, 285
9. James, 280
10. Henry, 257

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby dropped 6 places, Amelia rose 5 places, and Grace and Ella replaced Chloe and Isabella.

In the boys’ top 10, Ethan and Henry replaced Hunter and Lucas.

Here are Queensland’s 2014 rankings.

Source: 2015 Top 100 Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in ACT, 2015

According to data from Access Canberra, the most popular baby names in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2015 were Charlotte and William.

Here are the ACT’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Charlotte
2. Olivia (tie)
2. Zoe (tie)
4. Ava
5. Sophie
6. Mia
7. Amelia (tie)
7. Chloe (tie)
7. Grace (tie)
10. Emily
1. William
2. Oliver
3. Jack (tie)
3. James (tie)
5. Alexander
6. Thomas
7. Henry (tie)
7. Lachlan (tie)
9. Charlie (tie)
9. Oscar (tie)

On the girls’ list, Mia replaces Ruby. On the boys’ list, Alexander, Charlie and Oscar replace Cooper, Noah and Lucas.

Here are the rankings for 2014, if you’d like to compare.

For more sets of rankings, see the name rankings category. For rankings from Australia and New Zealand specifically, see the Australia & New Zealand name rankings subcategory.

Sources: Top 10 Baby Names – Access Canberra (pdf)

Another Celebrity Baby Name from a Dream

Actress Elisabeth Rohm dreamed up the name Easton for her daughter in 2008. Singer Fergie dreamed up the name Axl for her son in 2013. Between 2008 and 2013, though, there was a third dreamed‑of celebrity baby name that I missed.

Actress Marley Shelton and film producer Beau Flynn welcomed a baby girl in 2009 and named her West, thanks to a dream:

“My husband actually dreamed seven years ago that we had a daughter, and he was calling her West,” Marley recalls. “I immediately said, ‘If we ever have a daughter, we’re definitely naming her that.'”

Their second daughter, Ruby, was born in 2012.

Do you know of any other dreamed‑of celebrity baby names?

Source: Marley Shelton: Being a mom is the best role I’ve ever had!

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2015

According to data from the Western Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2015 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Olivia, 206 baby girls
2. Ava, 197
3. Charlotte, 187
4. Mia, 181
5. Isla, 166
6. Sophie, 162
7. Grace, 155
8. Amelia, 153
9. Ruby, 151
10. Chloe, 145
1. Oliver, 248
2. Jack, 228
3. James, 197
4. Noah, 191
5. William, 177
6. Thomas, 174
7. Ethan, 172
8. Mason, 148
9. Liam, 147
10. Lachlan, 141

Emily, the #1 girl name in 2014, was knocked out of the top 10 entirely in 2015. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before, at least for a region of this size.

New to the top 10 are Ruby and Lachlan. Gone are Emily, Ella, Lucas and Jacob. (There were 11 names on each list last year, thanks to ties.)

For more sets of rankings from Australia and New Zealand, see the Australia & New Zealand name rankings subcategory.

Sources: Top 50 baby names for parents in Western Australia in 2015, Popular Baby Names (Births, Deaths and Marriages)