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

The name Rufus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "red-head". Rufus and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

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
Rufus, mentioned in Paul's letter to the Romans (16:13)
Rufus Tiger Taylor (b. 1991), American musician of The Darkness; son of drummer Roger Taylor of Queen
Rufus William Rawdon Slim (b. 1995), son of the 2nd Viscount Slim
Rufus Logan Taylor (b. 2001), son of singer/songwriter James Taylor; twin brother Henry David
Rufus Murphy Dunstan, one of the triplet sons of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans); siblings are Evan, Otto, Felix, Henry, & Pearl

Pop Culture References for the name Rufus

Rufus, the 13th apostle in film "Dogma"
Rufus, character in movie "Kill Bill"
Rufus Barma, character in the manga/anime "Pandora Hearts"
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
Rufus Turner, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Rufus Raven, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Rufus Hodgekiss, character in "The Author's Apprentice"
Rufus, villain in TV's "House of Anubis"
Rufus T. Firefly, Groucho Marx's character in "Duck Soup"

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Rufus's International Variations

Rufino (Spanish)