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Rufus meaning and name origin
Rufus \r(u)-fus\ as a boy's name is pronounced ROO-fuss. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Rufus is "red-haired". Most common in the 19th century. Biblical: the name of two first-century Christians. See also Rufino and Russell.
Rufus has 2 variant forms: Ruffus and Rufous.
Baby names that sound like Rufus are Rives and Reeves.
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Popularity of Rufus
Rufus is a very popular first name for men (#411 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15365 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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