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Origin: Liberia
Region Origin: Western Africa

Ruth is a predominantly feminine name of Hebrew origin, meaning "friend," "friendship," or "compassionate friend". It is derived from the Hebrew word "re'ut," which means "friend". The name has its roots in the biblical Book of Ruth, where it is used for the central character, a Moabite woman who marries Boaz and becomes an ancestor of King David. The name Ruth has been in use as a Christian name since the Protestant Reformation and gained popularity in America after the birth of "Baby" Ruth Cleveland, the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.

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