- a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.”
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Examples from the Web for rufus
Teddy Thompson sang This Little Light of Mine and Rufus Wainwright sang Over the Rainbow.A Mother’s Brave Eulogy For Her Three Girls Killed in Connecticut Fire
January 6, 2012
The cast includes Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jennifer Connelly, all of whom turn in fine performances.George R.R. Martin's Top 10 Fantasy Films
George R.R. Martin
April 11, 2011
I learned that lesson from Somali pirate hero Captain Richard Phillips and the guy who plays Rufus Humphrey on Gossip Girl.Why the Nerd Prom Matters
May 10, 2009
However, she deferred to Rufus Lynn, and Sarah had her education.Quaint Courtships
About the year 1822, Rufus Ranney removed with his family to Ohio.Cleveland Past and Present
Rufus Choate represented the defendant and Daniel Webster the plaintiff.The Age of Invention
May I have a few words with you on a matter of business, Rufus?
Never in her life had she met a man who could quarrel like Rufus Hardy.
Word Origin and History for rufus
masc. proper name, literally "red-haired," from Latin rufus (see rufous).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper