What does Rufus mean?
Rufus \r(u)-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.
Rufus has 1 feminine form: Rufina.
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 (#15365 out of 88799, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Rufus for boys. Rufus reached its top rank of #110 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Rufus and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Rufus are Russ, Russel and Russell (#409 last year). Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1890-1899 and has become significantly lower since, with the forms Rufus, Russ, Russel and Russell becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)