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Boy Name: Rufus

Name: Rufus
Pronunciation: \r(u)-fus\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: red-haired
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Rives, Reeves
Variant forms: Ruffus, Rufous
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 411
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 15365


Rufus \r(u)-fus\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Ruffus and Rufous.

Baby names that sound like Rufus are Rives and Reeves.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Rufus.


Rufus is a very popular first name for men (#411 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#15365 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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