Rufus: Red

Rufus latin name

It’s a charming first-century Christian name. Despite its straightforward meaning, this moniker has earned two mentions in the New Testament with wholesome connotations!


Original Language + Form: Latin rūfus

Range of Meanings: Red

Concept: n/a

References or Context: Who was Rufus in the Bible? First, Rufus was the son of Simon the Cyrenian who carried the cross for Jesus (Mark 15:21). Second, he was a friend of Paul, “chosen in the Lord” (Romans 16:13). Some believe these two mentions to be the same man, however they are separated by time of 25 years and by location. Either way Rufus is documented to be a common Latin name during this time and the biblical references are both positive examples of it’s use.

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