The name Ruthie ranked 729th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
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.