Latin rufus 'red, ruddy'.
The name of a minor New Testament character and a number of early saints and martyrs. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Rufe, Rufus.
Rufus was also one of the most common of the ancient Roman cognomina.
- ● 1050 Rufus (nom) CRS-2-5 p. 232
- Old French
- ◑ 1292 Rufin 1292paris p. 2
- ◑ 1310 Ruffinus (nom) MonRav-2 CCCL,
Rufinus (nom) ibid. CCCL
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Rufus". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Rufus.