What does Erasmus mean?
Erasmus [eras-mus] as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Erasmus is "to love". Latin form of the Greek Erasmos, derived from erān. Saint Erasmus was a third-century martyr who was the patron of sailors and popularly known as Saint Elmo. The 16th-century Dutch humanist philosopher Geert Geerts wrote as Desiderius Erasmus (Desiderius is the Latin form of Erasmus.)
Affiliated boy name: Erastus.Creative forms:
(male) Earmus, Ermus, ..
(female) Middle name pairings:
Erasmus Maddex (E.M.), ..
How popular is Erasmus?
Erasmus is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for all people (#91404 out of 150436, Top 61%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Erasmus was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #1244 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Erasmus are Elmo, Erasmo, Erastus, Ras and Rasmus. These forms of Erasmus reached the top of their popularity 105 years ago (median #1710).
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Artemus, Artimus, Beamus, Blasius, Cadmus, Crispus, Eames, Eraste, Erastos, Ermes, Ernestus, Esavius (see Eusebius), Kadmus, Rastus, Seamus▲, Shamus, Stasius and Ursus. Like Erasmus, these names are not commonly used.See names in meaning and etymology.