What does Rufus mean?
Rufus /ru-fus/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced ROO-fuss. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Rufus is "red-haired".
Rufus has 1 feminine form: Rufina.Kreatif forms: Raifus, Reefus, Rufusce. [more]
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Rufus for boys. Rufus reached its top rank of #110 in the U.S. in the 1880s, 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). Forms like Ruffino are uncommon. Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.6018%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1478%, ▼75.4%), with the forms Rufus, Russ, Russel and Russell becoming less in vogue. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)