Rufus - boys name

Rufus name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 93%

Rufus name meaning:

The name Rufus is of Latin origin and has several possible meanings. One interpretation is that it derives from the Latin word "rufus," meaning "red" or "reddish-brown." This could refer to the hair color or complexion of someone with this name. Another possible meaning is related to the color red symbolizing strength, power, and passion. In this sense, Rufus can connote qualities of courage, intensity, and assertiveness.

Rufus also has historical and cultural significance. During the Roman Empire, Rufus was a popular given name among the aristocracy. It has been borne by several notable figures throughout history, including Rufus King, a founding father of the United States, and Rufus Wainwright, a renowned singer-songwriter. The name has a timeless and classic feel to it, offering a sense of dignity and sophistication.

Overall, the name Rufus is associated with characteristics such as strength, passion, and vitality. It carries a sense of history and distinction, making it a memorable and meaningful choice for a boy's name.

Origin: Biblical



Saints names, Victorian names

Related names

Rufus , Russel

Other boys names beginning with R


Overall UK ranking: 326 out of 4789

140 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (605)

Historical popularity of Rufus

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