Reuben: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Reuben
Origin of the name Reuben:
Derived from the Hebrew rĕūbēn (behold, a son!). Reuben was the eldest son of Jacob and Leah and patriarch of the tribe bearing his name..
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I adore the name Reuben and it is definitely at the top of my list for boys names.
I think Reuben sounds like a farmer's name. And at carnivals, whenever a fight breaks out, carny people yell "Hey Rube!"
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Reuben means, "See, a son" in Hebrew. The biblical Reuben was given this name by his mother, Leah, to show that although she was the less favored wife, she had accomplished what her sister Rachel could not.
Reuben is also a sandwich of corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, with Russian or Thousand Island dressing, on rye bread.
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Reuben was the firstborn son of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament.
Reuben Fine, American chess champion
Reuben Lucius "Rube" Goldberg, American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer and inventor
Reuben Fenton, governor of New York
Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby champion
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"Reuben James", song by Kenny Rogers
"Reuben, Reuben", 1980s film starring Tom Conti and Kelly McGillis
Reuben Kincaid, deadpan manager of the Partridge Family in the eponymous series, played by Dave Madden
Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn, the alcoholic U.S. Marshal in the novel True Grit (played by John Wayne in the 1969 movie version and by Jeff Bridges in the 2010 version).
The Reuben Awards are given for achievement in cartooning.