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

  • Rufus McGarrigle WainwrightCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Rufus KingU.S. senator from New York
  • Rufus ChoateU.S. senator from Massachusetts
  • Rufus Frederik SewellEnglish actor
  • Rufus ThomasAmerican R&B singer
  • Rufus ReidAmerican jazz bassist
  • Rufus Arthur Johnson aka BizarreAmerican rapper
  • Rufus Cooper III aka Young NobleAmerican rapper
  • Rufus Wilmot GriswoldAmerican anthologist and poet
  • Rufus R. "Freight Train" Jones (born Carey L. Lloyd)American pro wrestler
  • Rufus Smith FrostU.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Rufusmentioned 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 Dunstanone of the triplet sons of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans); siblings are Evan, Otto, Felix, Henry, & Pearl
  • Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus SutherlandCanadian actor

Rufus in Pop Culture

  • Rufusthe 13th apostle in film "Dogma"
  • Rufuscharacter in movie "Kill Bill"
  • Rufus Barmacharacter in the manga/anime "Pandora Hearts"
  • Rufus Scrimgeourcharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Rufusnaked mole rat on animated series "Kim Possible"
  • Rufus ShinRacharacter in video game "Final Fantasy VII"
  • Rufus "Roofy" Jonesbaby in Nick Hornby's "Slam"
  • Rufus Humphreycharacter on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Rufus Sixsmithcharacter in David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"
  • Rufus Lorecharacter in manga and anime 'Fairy Tail'
  • Rufus Weylindespicable slaveowner in Octavia Butler's "Kindred"
  • Rufustime,traveling character in the "Bill & Ted" franchise
  • Rufus Turnercharacter on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Rufus Ravencharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Rufus Hodgekisscharacter in "The Author's Apprentice"
  • Rufusvillain in TV's "House of Anubis"
  • Rufus T. FireflyGroucho Marx's character in "Duck Soup"