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What does Rufus mean?

Rufus Pronunciation of Rufus [ru-fus] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: red, 19th century, biblical.


Rufus has 2 variants: Ruffus and Rufous.

1 more alternative form via Rufino, Russell: Russ.

1 feminine form: Rufina.

Creative forms:
(male) Raifus, Refus, ..

(female) Ruru, Rurue, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rufus Lionel (R.L.), ..

How popular is Rufus?

Rufus is a very popular first name for men (#411 out of 1220, Top 34%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#19710 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rufus reached its top rank of #110 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rufus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rufus outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Rufus are Ruffus, Rufino, Russ and Russell (#403 from recent data). Usage of these forms of Rufus reached its most widespread in the 1900s (adoption of 0.5%) and has become significantly lower since, with forms such as Rufus becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rufus, Ruffus, Rufino, Russ, Russell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rufus and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Guus, Lugus, Remus, Rinus and Sofus. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rufus.

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