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Rufus

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 163 0 163 #88 boy name
1881 121 0 121
1882 147 0 147 #98 boy name
1883 125 0 125
1884 117 0 117
1885 118 0 118
1886 139 0 139
1887 119 0 119
1888 126 0 126
1889 108 0 108
1890 115 0 115
1891 107 0 107
1892 137 0 137
1893 139 0 139
1894 128 0 128
1895 135 0 135
1896 145 0 145
1897 124 0 124
1898 141 0 141
1899 127 0 127
1900 157 0 157
1901 121 0 121
1902 152 0 152
1903 134 0 134
1904 138 0 138
1905 157 0 157
1906 156 0 156
1907 175 0 175
1908 156 0 156
1909 206 0 206
1910 221 0 221
1911 230 0 230
1912 336 0 336
1913 416 6 410
1914 495 0 495
1915 595 7 588
1916 577 0 577
1917 646 0 646
1918 728 7 721
1919 682 5 677
1920 735 6 729
1921 721 0 721
1922 746 9 737
1923 678 0 678
1924 717 8 709
1925 683 7 676
1926 652 10 642
1927 696 7 689
1928 608 6 602
1929 572 5 567
1930 565 0 565
1931 487 6 481
1932 511 0 511
1933 477 0 477
1934 479 0 479
1935 459 0 459
1936 457 6 451
1937 476 0 476
1938 445 0 445
1939 429 0 429
1940 466 8 458
1941 457 0 457
1942 461 5 456
1943 484 0 484
1944 479 0 479
1945 411 0 411
1946 467 0 467
1947 488 0 488
1948 470 5 465
1949 505 6 499
1950 407 0 407
1951 449 5 444
1952 464 6 458
1953 446 0 446
1954 474 0 474
1955 415 6 409
1956 400 0 400
1957 417 5 412
1958 346 0 346
1959 358 0 358
1960 332 0 332
1961 334 5 329
1962 272 0 272
1963 301 0 301
1964 304 0 304
1965 234 5 229
1966 228 0 228
1967 231 0 231
1968 194 0 194
1969 205 0 205
1970 184 0 184
1971 196 0 196
1972 179 0 179
1973 163 0 163
1974 144 0 144
1975 147 0 147
1976 149 0 149
1977 142 0 142
1978 132 0 132
1979 134 0 134
1980 149 0 149
1981 139 0 139
1982 119 0 119
1983 120 0 120
1984 108 0 108
1985 125 0 125
1986 89 0 89
1987 97 0 97
1988 96 0 96
1989 78 0 78
1990 80 0 80
1991 78 0 78
1992 67 0 67
1993 55 0 55
1994 62 0 62
1995 44 0 44
1996 39 0 39
1997 47 0 47
1998 42 0 42
1999 40 0 40
2000 35 0 35
2001 34 0 34
2002 38 0 38
2003 27 0 27
2004 41 0 41
2005 34 0 34
2006 35 0 35
2007 29 0 29
2008 27 0 27
2009 23 0 23
2010 36 0 36
2011 40 0 40
2012 30 0 30
2013 44 0 44
2014 20 0 20
2015 43 0 43

Fun Facts about the name Rufus

  • How many people with the first name Rufus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 35,931 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 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rufus ranks 74th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 21 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Rufus: Your name in reverse order is Sufur. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Furus. 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!

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Popularity of Rufus as a first name

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Popularity of Rufus as a last name

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Common last names for Rufus

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  • Taylor
  • King
  • Thompson
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Common first names for Rufus

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Rufus" mean? The list below shows the origins of Rufus as well as things modernly associated with the name Rufus such as celebrities named Rufus.

Latin

Origin and Meaning of Rufus

The name "Rufus" is of Latin origin, and it means "Red Haired". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Latin rufus (“red”).

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

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

Notable Persons With the Name 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.

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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright is a notable somebody. 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.

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Bizarre

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • Sr. Alan Hale
    (actor/director)
  • Rufus Hound
    (comedian)
  • Rufus Wilmot Griswold
    (editor)
  • Rufus Payne
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Rufus Choate
    (senator)
  • Rufus
    (actor)
  • 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
    (famed individual)
  • Rufus Dayglo
    (comics creator)
  • Rufus Franklin
    (important individual)
  • Rufus Ingalls
    (military person)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rufus

Quintus Curtius Rufus

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

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Rufus

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.

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Gaius Musonius Rufus

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

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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.

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Quintus Tineius Rufus

Quintus Tineius Rufus was a famed human. Quintus was born in 90. He left this life in 131.

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Lucius Varius Rufus

Lucius Varius Rufus is a writer.

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What does the name Rufus mean?

Ris for reasonable, your understanding way.

Uis for upstanding, the honorable way to be

Fis for feeling, your sympathetic way.

Uis for understanding, you show for others.

Sis for serene, your calm time.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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