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

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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 Wainwright, Canadian musician
Rufus Sewell, English actor
Rufus Thomas, American musician
Rufus Arthur Johnson, American rapper
Rufus Cooper III, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the Name Rufus

Rufus, character in the movie "Kill Bill"
Rufus Scrimgeour, character in the Harry Potter series
Rufus, naked mole rat in "Kim Possible"
Rufus ShinRa, a character in Final Fantasy VII
Rufus, the baby in the book "Slam"
Rufus Humphrey, character from "Gossip Girl"
Rufus Sixsmith, character in Cloud Atlas
Rufus Lore, character in the manga and anime, 'Fairy Tail'
Rufus Weylin, a despicable slaveowner in the novel "Kindred"

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Rufus's International Variations

Rufino (Spanish)