The German state of Bavaria
is the ancestral home of the Rufus family. Nickname
surnames, such as Rufus, were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The family name Rufus is a name for a person associated with the color red. The name comes from the Old German word "rot," meaning "red," and could have indicated that its bearer had red hair or a red beard, lived in a red house, or often dressed in red clothes.
Early Origins of the Rufus family
The surname Rufus was first found in Bavaria
, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, with each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. Chronicles first mention the brothers Jeckel and Tilke Rote of Breslau in 1350, and Merklin der Rotter of Esslingen in 1307. Literally the name meant "red-haired" or "red-bearded," thus the oldest variation was possibly "Rothbart."
Early History of the Rufus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rufus research.Another 547 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1245, 1288, 1300, 1704, 1552, 1360, 1434, 1620, 1668, 1653 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Rufus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rufus Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Rufus include Rothe, Rote, Rot, Roth (southern Germany), Roter, Rother (Silesia), Rothe, Rothbart and many more.
Early Notables of the Rufus family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Rufus in this period include Johannes Rothe (1360-1434), a Thuringian priest who wrote instructional works on chivalry and heraldry and a history... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rufus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rufus family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Johann Roth, who sailed to Carolina and/or Pennsylvania in 1709. Among the several hundred
family members who followed this first settler were: David Roth, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1720.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rufus (post 1700)
- Richard Raymond Rufus (b. 1975), former English footballer