Meaning and Name Origin
Rusty \r(u)-sty, rus-ty\ as a boys' name is pronounced RUS-tee. It is of English origin. Nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion; also a short form or nickname for names like Russell and Ruston.
Rusty▼ has 1 variant: Rustyn.
For more information, see also the related boy name Sandy.
Rusty is a somewhat popular first name for men (#626 out of 1220, Top 51%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Rusty for boys. Rusty was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #387 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Rusty and related names. Popular variation forms of Rusty are Russ, Russel, Russell (#409 in 2014) and Sandy. These boy names reached the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Russ, Russel, Russell, Rusty and Sandy becoming somewhat outmoded. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Dusty. Like Rusty, this name is not commonly used.