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The surname Ruiz originates from the Germanic personal name “Hrodric” which is composed of the elements Hrod, meaning “renown”, and Ric meaning power. Thus, the name Ruiz means “famous ruler”. Ruiz derives from the name of the father of the original bearer. Its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe who ruled in the Iberian Peninsula between the 5th and 8th centuries.[citation needed]