Of Latin origin.
From the English name of the precious stone.
Derives from the Latin word “ruber”, meaning red.
Ruby is considered the birthstone of July.
It is used as a given name since the 19th century.
Alternative forms of the name are: Rubi, Rubie, Rubee, Rubye, Rubina, Rubinia.
Ruby is a popular name in Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland.
Famous bearers are Ruby Wax, Ruby Rose, Ruby Dee, Ruby Aldtridge, Ruby Murray, Ruby Ferguson, Ruby Catherine Stevens (birth name of Barbara Stanwyck).
Rolling Stones’ no. 1 hit song “Ruby Tuesday”, released in 1967, was written by Keith Richards.
In several interviews Richards said that he wrote the song about a band’s groupie. He has also stated that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend at that time.