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Rufus

[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
noun
1.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.”.
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Word Origin and History for Rufus

masc. proper name, literally "red-haired," from Latin rufus (see rufous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Rufus in the Bible

red, the son of Simon the Cyrenian (Mark 15:21), whom the Roman soldiers compelled to carry the cross on which our Lord was crucified. Probably it is the same person who is again mentioned in Rom. 16:13 as a disciple at Rome, whose mother also was a Christian held in esteem by the apostle. Mark mentions him along with his brother Alexander as persons well known to his readers (Mark 15:21).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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