RUFUS
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ROO-fəs (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Roman cognomen which meant "red-haired" in Latin. Several early saints had this name, including one mentioned in one of Paul's epistles in the New Testament. As a nickname it was used by William II Rufus, a king of England, because of his red hair. It came into general use in the English-speaking world after the Protestant Reformation.
Related Names
VARIANT: Rufinus (Ancient Roman)
FEMININE FORM: Rufina (Ancient Roman)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Rufino (Italian), Rufino (Portuguese), Rufino (Spanish)
Popularity
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England/Wales  ranked #236