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What does Erasmus mean?

Erasmus Pronunciation of Erasmus 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.)


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, 16th century, philosopher


VARIANTS Erasme, Erasmios, Erasmo, Ras, Rasmus

SEE ALSO Erastus



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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, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erasmus name in U.S.

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Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Erasmus are Elmo, Erasmo, Erastus, Ras and Rasmus. These forms of Erasmus reached the top of their popularity 108 years ago (MEDIAN #1710).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Erasmus, Elmo, Erasmo, Erastus, Ras, Rasmus in U.S.

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Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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