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pinWhat does Rufus mean?

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.


Rufus has 2 variants: Ruffus and Rufous.

Rufus has 1 more alternative form via Rufino, Russell: Russ.

Rufus has 1 feminine form: Rufina.

Kreatif forms: Raifus, Reefus, Rufusce. [more]

pinHow 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 Names, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rufus name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Rufus and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Rufus are Russ and Russell (#409 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Rufus reached its most widespread in the 1950s (adoption of 0.63%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.2%, 68.9%), with forms such as Rufus becoming less in vogue.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rufus, Russ, Russell in U.S.

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

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