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[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rufus fell beside his startled horse, and died instantaneously.

  • However, she deferred to Rufus Lynn, and Sarah had her education.

  • Meanwhile Rufus had succeeded in making an arrangement which promised to add to his weekly income.

    Rufus and Rose Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Rufus Choate represented the defendant and Daniel Webster the plaintiff.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • Rufus interposed a monosyllable now and then, but his thoughts in the main were far away from theirs.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • Now that is your whole problem, Rufus, and I leave the details entirely in your hands.

    Hidden Water Dane Coolidge
  • Swiftly she sped to the big apple tree where her trystings were held with Rufus, her playmate and lover.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
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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