Rufus 🔥

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

Rufus Origin and Meaning

The name Rufus is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "red-head".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Rufus

Rufino, Rayfus, Rufe, Ruffis, Ruffus, Rufo, Rufous

Rufus's International Variations

Rufino (Spanish)


AliceTiger Says:


This is my dog’s name but also my brother’s best friend’s name, so I can picture it on both human and animal!
Very cute name!

amj Says:


Very cool name. Will be using this if I have another boy!

amj Says:


Isn’t Max actually the most common dog name? Plenty of boys called Max around the place

fearlessfirefly Says:


Well, that's a dated term. You shouldn't worry. Rufus is so handsome btw.

Koolkitty108 Says:


This just sounds like a hillbilly name to me along with Billie Joe or Billy Joe (whichever way you spell that).

FantasyandPrayer Says:


This has been one of my all time favourites for as long as I can remember. I had a friend called Rufus when I was very young, about 5 years old, who left the area and I never saw or heard from again, but his name has stuck with me all these years!!

bobtron Says:


I Like the name but on many occasions separate people have said it sounds like a dog name. Also it does have a dog-barking onomatopoeic aspect to it "Roof Roof Roofus"

EW314 Says:


I like Rufus a lot. It has sort of a rumpled, tousled, amiable aristocrat vibe to me, like Rupert's sexy younger brother.

headintheclouds Says:


The main thing that comes to mind with Rufus is the naked mole rat in the cartoon Kim Possible. Fledgling name nerd-me had always thought that he was very aptly named, since Rufus has a sort of sniffy ratlike sound and look to the name. I still kind of think that, although I've also come to see it as an alternative rock and roller-sounding name, or a satirical-stuffy-British upper-class nobility name.

I can sort of see where the appeal is with Rufus, but I don't really like the name either. Aside from the associations I've mentioned, it also sounds to me like "Roof us". Rupert is a similar-sounding name to Rufus that I prefer much better.

Tina_and_Bert Says:


I agree! I informally polled my friends a few years ago and got an overwhelmingly "sounds like a dog's name" response, so I was put off of it temporarily. But I keep on coming back to it and can't seem to forget it, so I think I may just ignore that unfortunate connotation! It's a solid, manly name with a long history---I think a little boy would be lucky to wear it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


True. I guess it's just a personal assocation.

kiwipop Says:


Yeees! Schoolhouse rock!

kiwipop Says:


Any human name can be a dog`s name.

Kayte Says:


Rufus and Doofus sounds so much alike that I would be afraid a child would be teased unmercifully.

SimoneKadele Says:


That was my friend's cat's name....but he was black and white. Anyway, I think it's an animal name, too.

Zelliew Says:


I love ginger cats so I'll have to reserve this name for my next cat

mlewis_jeri Says:


Rufus Xavier Sasparilla anyone?

bearcub27 Says:


Okay, I feel as though I need to come to the defense of Rufus! It's a very handsome name, in my opinion. Charming, vintage, spunky. Yes, there have many people that have named their dogs Rufus, but so do people name their dogs Lucy and Stella and Jake, and yet we don't identify those as "dog names." It has its roots in Ancient Rome and has been borne by many prominent people. And, for added personal favor, it's my great-grandfather's name, so yes, I'm partial! But I hate to see such a classy, wonderful, historical name such as Rufus get belittled to nothing more than a name you give your dog.

indiefendi2 Says:


Can we all acknowledge that this sounds like the perfect name for a naked mole rat? Ewwww.

jessieo Says:


my dog was named Rufus :P

Essa Says:


I like Rufus but I'd never use it because of how it reminds me of a dog!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm probably alone here, but I really don't see the appeal of this name. It sounds like a name you'd give to a dog.

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JD Says:


Rufus is also the name of the naked mole rat on the Kim Possible cartoon :)

NaomiNY Says:


I'm neutral on Rufus. It's also the name of the Barton Boutique cat from the anime-based site, Gaia Online.

NaughtyChimp Says:


LOVE this name. Cute, traditional, masculine... Mmmm.