In the Old Testament book by the same name, Ruth was a young Moabite widow who was devoted to her mother-in-law, Naomi. Victorian poets valued her sentiments, and the name has been popular since the 17th century and joined the top 10 on the chart in 1892 and stayed there until 1930, peaking at No. 3 in 1893. Bringing attention to the name in the late 1960s and early 1970s is actress Ruth Buzzi, especially known for her performances on the comedy show, "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Influenced by award-winning author Ruth Rendell who has written so many "crime" novels between the 1960s and 2000s that she is often called the "Queen of Crime." Popular as a combination name, such as Ruthanne or Ruthellen. , A Companion, Friendship

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