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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Ruby family. The Ruby surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging medieval society.

Ruby Early Origins



The surname Ruby was first found in Bavaria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. In the Middle Ages, the word "Rubin" referred to a type of gem. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Richter Rubynus of Bruenn in 1240 and Nicolas Rubein (Rubin) of Munich in 1343. Also, a popular medieval minstrel of Tyrol bore the name Rubin. He was of the minor nobility, had his home in Merano, wrote 22 songs, and participated in the crusade of 1228.

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Ruby Spelling Variations


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Ruby Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Ruby include Rubin, Rubein, Rubinus, Ruben, Ruebin, Rubinich, Rubinig, Rubinick and many more.

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Ruby Early History


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Ruby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ruby research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1752 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Ruby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ruby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ruby Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ruby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ruby or a variant listed above:

Ruby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Ruby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Casper Ruby, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Ruby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Ruby, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Anthelme Ruby, who landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Franz Ruby, who arrived in Kentucky in 1890

Ruby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ann Ruby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Barta Ruby, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Ruby Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Ruby, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

Ruby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Ruby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ruby (post 1700)



  • Lloyd Ruby (1928-2009), American racecar driver, inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2015)
  • Jack Leon Ruby (1911-1967), born Jacob Leon Rubenstein, American nightclub operator who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, convicted of the murder but died died of a pulmonary embolism in prison
  • Harry Ruby (1895-1974), Jewish-American composer and screenwriter, a good friend of Groucho Marx, inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, remembered for his songs Who's Sorry Now? (1923), I Wanna Be Loved by You (1928), Nevertheless (1931) and many more
  • Sébastien Ruby, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Karine Ruby (1978-2009), French seven-time gold medalist snowboarder, killed while on the descent of Mont Blanc
  • Clayton Charles Ruby CM (b. 1942), Canadian lawyer and activist, 60th Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    The Ruby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ruby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 September 2015 at 14:56.

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