“I don’t mind telling you I don’t like the name. In fact, I think it’s a damn silly name. What’s more, if I had to call him by it I should feel very self-conscious.”

(Georgette Heyer, Death in the Stocks, 1935)


“I think it so ugly.”

“It’s the prettiest name in the Bible, and the name most fit for poetic use. Who does not remember Rachel weeping for her children?”

“That’s the idea and not the name. Ruth is twice prettier and Mary the sweetest of all.”

(Anthony Trollope, Rachel Ray, 1863)


“My parents liked it… I wish they’d thought of something else – anything else. Everyone except Hilly calls me Ruby.”

(Linda Newbery, Sisterland, D. Fickling, 2003)


“How singular it is,” said he, “that the name of Ruth is so seldom chosen by those good people who go to the Bible before they christen their children. It is a very pretty name, I think.”

(Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth, 1853

Robin (f)

“She was always called Robin from her baby days because she was round and chirpy and robin-like.”

(Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Jo to the Rescue, 1945)