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National Reuben Day – November 17, 2024

National Reuben Day, celebrated on November 17, is a special day designated to trace back the roots of Reuben, its meaning, important events surrounding it, its popularization, and significance. The day also presents us the opportunity to commemorate a handful of Reubens who have contributed immensely to humanity and to celebrate and encourage those who are giving their best to humanity. Reuben is a masculine name that originated from Hebrew and means ‘behold, a son.’ The Old Testament reveals that Reuben is the eldest son of Jacob. Did you know that one Israelite tribe is descended from Reuben?

History of National Reuben Day

Reuben is a Hebrew, biblical, masculine name meaning ‘behold, a son.’ In the Bible, it is the name of Jacob and Leah’s eldest son, who was born in 1569 B.C. and died in 1445 B.C. One of Israel’s twelve tribes can be traced back to him. In some reports, Jacob cursed him for sleeping with Bilhah, his stepmother’s maid, and father’s concubine. Other accounts argued that he never had sex with Bilhah but had simply supported his mother’s mischiefs against Bilhah, who Jacob had preferred over his mother. That angered Jacob, who transferred Reuben’s birthright to Joseph.

Variations of the name ‘Reuben’ include Reuven in Hebrew, Rúben in Portuguese, Rubén in Spanish, Rubens in Brazilian Portuguese, and Rupen/Roupen in Western Armenia. Robin is another form of Ruben — a variation of the Germanic name ‘Robert’ in various Celtic languages.

Some of the famous Reubens around the world include Reuben C. Fine, born in 1914. He was an American chess player, university professor, psychologist, and an accomplished writer on both chess and psychology. In 1950, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster by FIDE when the title was introduced. Reuben Hersh was born in 1927 and died in 2020. He was a mathematician who is best known as the co-author of “The Mathematical Experience,” published in 1981 — a book that won a National Book Award in science. Reuben Timothy Morgan, born on August 9, 1975, was an Austrian pastor at Hillsong Church U.K. He was also a songwriter with songs like ‘My Redeemer Lives,’ which at the 40th G.M.A. Dove Awards, won the Worship Song of the Year. Reuben Singh was born on September 20, 1976. He is a British entrepreneur, who, in 2003, was honored by The World Economic Forum as one of the “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” in Davos.

National Reuben Day timeline

1569 B.C.
Birth of Reuben

The Biblical Reuben is born to Jacob and Leah.

A Huge Recognition for Fine

The International Chess Federation, FIDE, grants Fine the International Grandmaster of Chess title.

Winning A National Book Award

Hersh, an American mathematician, wins the National Book Award in science for the book he co-wrote with Philip J. Davis.

International Recognition

Singh is honored as one of the "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" by The World Economic Forum.

National Reuben Day FAQs

Is Reuben a rare name?

Reuben is a rare name and was given to only about 214 baby boys in 2020.

What ethnicity is a Reuben?

Reuben was originally a Jewish name.

What is a nickname for Reuben?

Benny, Ben, or Roo/Ru are possible nicknames for Reuben.

National Reuben Day Activities

  1. Read about Reuben, the son of Jacob

    Reading about Reuben, the son of Jacob and Leah is a perfect way to celebrate the day. This might increase your knowledge about the history of them.

  2. Rejoice with Reubens

    Celebrate all the Reubens around the globe. Let them know they are special and lovely.

  3. Organize a party

    Organize a mini party for loved ones and share some lovely stories about any Reuben you have met. Ask your friends and family to invite all the Reubens they know.

5 Facts About Reubens That May Interest You

  1. A lowly ranked name

    Despite its biblical affiliation, Reuben is not a popular name.

  2. In the “Guinness Book of Records”

    Reuben Singh is the only person named Reuben to have entered the “Guinness Book of Records” as the world's youngest self-made millionaire.

  3. The second richest family in the U.K.

    The Reuben family of David and Simon is the second richest family in the U.K.

  4. First royal blood named Reuben

    Ruben I, Prince of Armenia and the first lord of Armenia Cilicia, is the first royal to be named Reuben.

  5. Most famous African politician named Reuben

    Reuben Abati is a Nigerian journalist and politician who served as the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan.

Why We Love National Reuben Day

  1. We become enlightened

    With this celebration, we get to know about the origin of the name and some facts that can make one cherish the name. Moreover, we know where this name came from.

  2. It binds people

    The event encourages us to celebrate and appreciate all the Reubens around the globe, and by doing so, relationships by either blood or acquaintance become stronger. It makes us more social.

  3. It is memorable

    National Reuben Day reminds us of the story surrounding the biblical Reuben. On this day we put light on the history of this name.

National Reuben Day dates

2024November 17Sunday
2025November 17Monday
2026November 17Tuesday
2027November 17Wednesday
2028November 17Friday

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