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Gender: M Meaning of Rufus: "red-head" Origin of Rufus: Latin

Rufus is a rumpled, redheaded (it was the nickname for red-haired King William) ancient Roman name popular with saints and singers (e.g. Rufus Wainwright); now, Rufus is on the cutting edge of cool.

Fellow singer James Taylor named one of his twins Rufus, and Rufus Humphrey is a Gossip Girl character. Rufus Sewell is a commanding, intense English actor.

Rufus is mentioned in the New Testament as the name of a son of Simon the Cytherian, and there are several St. Rufuses. He's also a major figure in the George Eliot novel Felix Holt: The Radical, an honest and passionate preacher and politician.

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Famous People Named Rufus

Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright, Canadian singer-songwriter
Rufus King, U.S. Senator from New York
Rufus Choate, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Rufus Frederik Sewell, English actor
Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer
Rufus Reid, American jazz bassist
Rufus Arthur Johnson aka Bizarre, American rapper
Rufus Cooper III aka Young Noble, American rapper
Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American anthologist and poet
Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones (born Carey L. Lloyd), American pro wrestler
Rufus Smith Frost, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts

Pop Culture References for the Name Rufus

Rufus, character in movie "Kill Bill"
Rufus Scrimgeour, character in the Harry Potter series
Rufus, naked mole rat on animated series "Kim Possible"
Rufus ShinRa, character in video game "Final Fantasy VII"
Rufus "Roofy" Jones, baby in Nick Hornby's "Slam"
Rufus Humphrey, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Rufus Sixsmith, character in David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"
Rufus Lore, character in manga and anime 'Fairy Tail'
Rufus Weylin, despicable slaveowner in Octavia Butler's "Kindred"
Rufus, time-traveling character in the Bill & Ted franchise

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Rufus's International Variations

Rufino (Spanish)