National Ruth Day – March 12, 2023

National Ruth Day is celebrated annually on March 12. On this day, people usually celebrate a beautiful female name that has a biblical background and a sincere and pure meaning. The roots of the name go back to Hebrew. The region of distribution of the name extends far beyond Europe. From time immemorial, people have respected the names, especially the biblical ones, carefully choosing them because, as they believed, the fate of their child depends on the name. Therefore, National Ruth Day is very important for Christians, girls named Ruth, and their parents.

History of National Ruth Day

The name Ruth is of Hebrew origin and means ‘friend,’ ‘friendship,’ or “merciful friend.” It is the common name of a girl named after the eponymous heroine of the eighth book — the ‘Book of Ruth’ — in the ‘Old Testament.’ The ‘Book of Ruth’ is one of only two books named after a woman. The biblical Ruth was the ancestor of King David and the daughter-in-law of Naomi. After her husband’s death, Ruth accompanied her mother-in-law back to Bethlehem and said the famous words, “Wherever you go, there I will go.”

Ruth first appeared as a name in Europe and the British Isles during the English Reformation period, to which biblical names, if they did not refer to saints, were unusual. Although the Puritans were generally unfavorable to biblical proper names, they seemed to make an exception for Ruth. Since it could be interpreted as a name of virtue by comparison with ‘ruth,’ then a common noun of German origin, which generally meant ‘sadness,’ but which could be interpreted as ‘sympathy.’ Therefore, the pilgrims brought Ruth to English-speaking North America, where the name was generally more popular than in the British Isles. However, the name ‘Ruth’ was much more popular in Ireland than in Britain.

According to statistics, the name Ruth ranked 46th on the American list of the most popular names for newborn girls in 1890. In general, the popularity of Ruth has grown steadily with each passing year. It was only in 1970 that it declined, and from 2012 onwards it gradually rose again.

Famous people named Ruth are American anthropologist Ruth Benedict, British linguist Ruth Kempson, and Spanish singer Ruth Lorenzo, among others.

National Ruth Day timeline

1934
Ruth’s Take on Culture

American anthropologist Ruth Benedict releases the book “Patterns of Culture,” which defends the theory of traits and isolation.

1955
Ruth Publishes a Novel

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a German-born writer, publishes her first novel “To Whom She Will.”

2006
An Engineer in Ruth

Ruth Amos receives the ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ award in Britain for her ‘StairSteady’ design.

2022
Ruth Can Act

Ruth Negga, an Irish actress, makes her debut in William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as Lady Macbeth.

National Ruth Day FAQs

What does Ruth symbolize?

Ruth is a symbol of unwavering faithfulness and devotion.

Who is Ruth for Jesus?

Ruth, one of Jesus’ pagan ancestors, showed that He came to save all people.

What is the personality of the name Ruth?

Ruth is a worthy, outstanding, self-sufficient, and impressive person.

National Ruth Day Activities

  1. Read the “Bible”

    The name ‘Ruth’ is related to the “Bible.” So to learn more about this name, read the story about Ruth in the “Bible.”

  2. Meet famous people

    There are many famous people with a name like Ruth. They all have significant achievements and interesting lives. Learn more about them, and meet them. They often hold meetings for fans.

  3. Congratulate your friends

    If you have a friend named Ruth, you should congratulate her. We are sure she will be very happy to know that you remember this day.

5 Facts About The Biblical Ruth

  1. Ruth was a fine woman

    The ‘Book of Ruth’ depicted Ruth’s sincerity and devotion to her mother-in-law despite the death of all the male members of her family, including Ruth’s husband, Mahlon.

  2. The story was taken from another book

    Ruth’s story was said to have come from the “Book of Judges,” but no evidence was found.

  3. She was not Jewish

    Ruth was a Moabite but she was still blessed by God.

  4. Ruth had a second husband

    Ruth met Boaz in Bethlehem and they had a son named Obed.

  5. A prophet wrote her book

    Although the ‘Book of Ruth’ did not mention the name of the author, it was traditionally attributed to the prophet Samuel.

Why We Love National Ruth Day

  1. It has a long history

    The name Ruth has been widely used since the 1500s. National Ruth Day celebrates the popularity that the name has gained over the centuries.

  2. We appreciate the name

    Ruth has an interesting origin and an unusual and important background. On this day, we celebrate our understanding of the name and show our appreciation and love for those who are named Ruth.

  3. It is a day to read the “Bible”

    The “Bible” is important to any Christian. It contains instructive stories, answers to our questions, and so on. Since the name is directly related to this book, we should turn to it and read at least a few pages about the history of Ruth. And National Ruth Day serves as a kind of reminder.

National Ruth Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 12Sunday
2024March 12Tuesday
2025March 12Wednesday
2026March 12Thursday
2027March 12Friday

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