But why Ruby? It is a natural short form for a name like Rubenstein, but Rabinowitz begins with a different spelling and pronounciation. A more common shortening for Rabinowitz seems to have been Robbins, as with the famous famous choreographer Jerome Robbins and two children of Walter's brother Julius. 

Besides Harry Ruby, Walter might have also considered the gemological meaning of the word when weighing his decision. Ruby is not only a Jewish name, but it is consistent with other Jewish surnames evoking precious stones and metals: Diamond, Pearl, Safire, Gold, Silver and others. 

We know that Walter admired luxury accoutrements and though he was no expert in jewels, he must have felt the association with this rich red, valuable mineral to be a positive.


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