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.
There is 1 feminine form of Rufus: Rufina.
Rufus is a very popular first name for males (#411 out of 1220, Top 34%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15365 out of 88799, Top 17%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rufus for boys. Rufus reached its highest rank of #110 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Rufus and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Russell (#409) and Rufus. (2014 statistics).