Which Name? Ruth, Ruther, Rufus, or Ruthie

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, July 20, 1913:  Went to Sunday School this morning. Ruther and I went up to church this evening.

Ruth Muffly
Ruth Muffly

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Hmm. . . Ruther.  . . That’s a new nickname for Ruth.

Was Grandma annoyed with her sister Ruth. . . or feeling kindly toward her? Throughout the diary Grandma called her Rufus when she was annoyed with her.  When the sisters were getting along well, Grandma generally called her Ruth. . . though she occasionally referred to her as Ruthie.

13 thoughts on “Which Name? Ruth, Ruther, Rufus, or Ruthie

  1. My brothers and I had several names for each other when we were kids. I think its part of the fun that siblings have together.

  2. Hahaha, yes i do that with my children too, calling them differently with different moods. I added their surname when i’m mad. 😀

  3. I remember at that age, my sisters and friends and I experimenting with lots of (more or less) cool nicknames. Not always appreciated by one and other either ;0)

    1. It seems like they had more disagreements in the first couple years of the diary than what they do towards the end. I guess both Ruth and Grandma were growing up, and were less likely to annoy each other.

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