Its source is Rut, a Hebrew name meaning "Beloved."
The name Ruthe ranked 3466th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
Some authorities believe this name means ''companionship,'' and others prefer the meaning ''refresh with water.''
The Ruth of the Jewish scriptures is a character of rare, unmixed virtue. She shows devotion to her mother-in-law Naomi even after her husband's death, and follows her to the land of Israel, though she herself is not a Jew.
There she is admired by Boaz, who takes her for his wife. She gives birth to a son, Obed. From her grandson Jesse's lineage, came David, Israel's greatest king and Jesus of Nazareth.