Rufus name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Rufus

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. 2 people from Philippines and the United Kingdom agree the name Rufus means "Red".
  2. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Rufus means "Chosen in the Lord" and is of Hebrew origin.
  3. According to a user from Sweden, the name Rufus is of Scottish origin and means "The golden heart".
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From Latin rūfus (“red”).

  1. Either of two persons mentioned in the New Testament (in Mark 15:21 and Romans 16:13).
  2. A male given name from Latin, used since the seventeenth century.

Rufus was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Rufus

Notable Persons Named Rufus

Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Rufus was given the name Rufus Frederik Sewell on October 29th, 1967 in Twickenham, England.

Rufus Wainwright

He holds the title Rufus Wainwright: "Banks of the Wabash". Rufus was given the name Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright on July 22nd, 1973 in Rhinebeck, New York, U.S.


Bizarre is a hip hop music and horrorcore musician. He has been prominent since 1995. Bizarre was given the name Rufus Arthur Johnson on July 5th, 1976.

Rufus King

Rufus King was a United States Minister to Great Britain and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. His most notable accomplishments were from 1813 to 1825. Rufus was born on March 24th, 1755 in Scarborough, Maine. He left this life on April 29th, 1827.

Rufus Gifford

Rufus Gifford is a United States Ambassador to Denmark. He was most active from 2013 to present. Rufus was born on August 5th, 1974 in Boston.

Rufus Tiger Taylor

Rufus Tiger Taylor is a musician. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Rufus was born Rufus Tiger Taylor on March 8th, 1991 in London, England.

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  • Rufus Dawes
    Office Holder
  • Rufus Wheeler Peckham
    Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Rufus Putnam
    American Pioneers to the Northwest Territory
  • Rufus King
    Military Person
  • Rufus Pollock
  • Rufus Dayglo
    Comics Creator
  • Rufus Franklin
  • Rufus Ingalls
    Military Person

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rufus

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rufus

Quintus Curtius Rufus

Quintus Curtius Rufus is a historian. He was most active from 1 to 1.


Rufus is an actor. He was most prominent from 1967 to present. Rufus was given the name Jacques Narcy on December 19th, 1942 in Riom.

Gaius Musonius Rufus

Gaius Musonius Rufus was a philosopher. Gaius was born in 20 in Volsinii. He left this life in 101.

Richard Rufus

Richard Rufus is a soccer player for the Charlton Athletic F.C. and England national under-21 football team. Richard was born on January 12th, 1975 in Lewisham.

Quintus Tineius Rufus

Quintus was born in 90. He left this life in 131.

Lucius Varius Rufus

Lucius Varius Rufus is a writer.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rufus U.S.
  White 14.52% 64.26%
  African American 76.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rufus

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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Rufus

  • What name lists does Rufus rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rufus? Rufus is the 1,264th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rufus was the 19,966th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rufus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,066 babies born with the first name Rufus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rufus to occupy the country of Monaco with an estimated population of 35,881 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rufus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 163 new born babies.
  • When was Rufus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rufus is Tuesday, February 17th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Rufus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rufus was in 1922 with a total of 737 babies.
  • Random Rufus Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rufus ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 55 babies in Alabama have the same name in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Rufus: The name spelled backwards is Sufur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rfuus. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rufus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,343 people with the last name Rufus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rufus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rufus as their last name since less than 1 person in 217k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Rufus name meaning

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