Ruffin name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ruffin mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Ruffin

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Ruffin means "A person of wide renown and ability in both prolific storytelling and the art of setting disputes and grievances".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ruf"fin

Etymology: See Ruffian


See ruffian.

Notable Persons Named Ruffin

Notable Persons Named Ruffin

Ruffin McNeill

Ruffin was born on October 9th, 1958.

Ruffin Pleasant

Ruffin Pleasant was an attorneys in the united states. Ruffin was born on June 2nd, 1871 in Shiloh, Union Parish. He breathed his last breath on September 12th, 1937.

Ruffin Hamilton

Ruffin was born in 1971.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruffin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ruffin

David Ruffin

David Ruffin was a r&b, pop, soul, disco, gospel, rhythm, blues, and gospel music musician. His career lasted from 1956 to 1991. David was given the name Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18th, 1941 in Whynot, Mississippi, U.S. He left this life on June 1st, 1991.

Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin was a soul music, rhythm, blues, and pop music singing. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1955 to 2014. Jimmy was given the name Jimmie Lee Ruffin on May 7th, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi. He breathed his last breath on November 17th, 2014.

Phil Ruffin

Phil Ruffin is a businessperson and businessman. Phil was given the name Phillip Gene Ruffin on March 14th, 1935 in Potter County near Amarillo, Texas.

Edmund Ruffin

Edmund was born on January 5th, 1794 in Prince George County, Virginia, U.S. He left this life on June 18th, 1865.


Nokio is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, singing, and dance. He plays Piano, Guitar, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Nokio was given the name Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin on January 21st, 1979.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin was a publishing, journalist, activism, publisher, and activist. Josephine was born on August 31st, 1842 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. She passed away on March 13th, 1924.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ruffin U.S.
  White 13.75% 64.26%
  African American 80.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.25% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.15% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.11% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ruffin

People with the last name Ruffin are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Ruffin

  • How Popular is the name Ruffin? Ruffin is the 15,805th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ruffin was the 2,231st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ruffin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 555 babies born with the first name Ruffin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ruffin to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ruffin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Ruffin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ruffin is Friday, November 3rd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Ruffin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ruffin was in 1916 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Random Ruffin Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ruffin is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1941.
  • Weird things about the name Ruffin: The name spelled backwards is Niffur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Fnrufi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ruffin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,324 people with the last name Ruffin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ruffin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Ruffin as their last name.
  • Ruffin name meaning

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