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What does Rusty mean?

Rusty /ru-sty/ 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.

Related boy name: Sandy.

Rusty has 6 more different relations via Russell, Ruston: Russ, Russel, Russton, Rustan, Rusten and Rustin.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Raysty, Roosty, ..

(female) Ruse, Rustyna, ..

How popular is Rusty?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Rusty for boys. Rusty was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #385 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Popular variation forms of Rusty are Russ, Russel, Russell (#409 in 2014), Rustin and Sandy. Other variants, like Rusten, are seldom used. These forms of Rusty were favored in the 1910s (average #1182) and have become significantly less conventional since, with versions such as Russell becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rusty, Russ, Russel, Russell, Rustin, Sandy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Burty, Dusty, Hasty, Risly (see Risley), Ruby, Rudey, Rudy, Rugby, Rush, Russo and Ruy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rusty.