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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Erasmus

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  1. Dutch humanist and theologian who was the leading Renaissance scholar of northern Europe; although his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church led to the Reformation, he opposed violence and condemned Martin Luther (1466-1536)

From Medieval Latin Erasmus, from Ancient Greek ἐράσμιος (erásmios, “pleasant”); name of an early Christian martyr.

  1. Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch humanist and theologian.
  2. A male given name, rare in English.

Erasmus was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Erasmus

Erasmus was born on December 12th, 1731 in Elston Hall, Elston, Nottinghamshire. He died on April 18th, 1802.


Erasmus James is a football player. He was most active from 2005 to 2008. Erasmus was born on November 4th, 1982 in Basseterre.


Erasmus was born in 1607 in Antwerp. He died in 1678.


Erasmus Reinhold was a scientist in the fields of astronomer and mathematician. Erasmus was born on October 22nd, 1511 in Saalfeld. He passed away on February 19th, 1553.


Erasmus Darwin Keyes is a military person. His military service ended in 1864.


Erasmus was born in 1549. He left this life on May 22nd, 1632.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus was a philosopher. Desiderius was born on October 28th, 1466 in Rotterdam. They died on July 12th, 1536.


Kermit Erasmus is a soccer player for the Stade Rennais F.C., SuperSport United F.C., Feyenoord, S.B.V. Excelsior, Orlando Pirates, South Africa national under-17 football team, South Africa national under-20 football team, and South Africa national football team. Kermit was born on July 8th, 1990 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Kermit is also known as Erasmus and Kermit Romeo.


Rassie Erasmus is a rugby player.


M was born on February 27th, 1964 in George, Western Cape. M is also known as Connor and Eraser.


Georges Erasmus is a National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and National Chief of theAssembly of First Nations. Georges was born on August 9th, 1948 in Behchoko.


Lourens Erasmus is a rugby player. Lourens was born on June 14th, 1993 in Pretoria.


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Popularity of Erasmus as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Erasmus U.S.
  White 88.61% 64.26%
  African American 5.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Erasmus

People with the last name Erasmus are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Erasmus

  • How Popular is the name Erasmus? Erasmus is the 35,919th most popular name of all time. As a last name Erasmus was the 69,793rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Erasmus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 105 babies born with the first name Erasmus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Erasmus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Erasmus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Erasmus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Erasmus is Tuesday, October 4th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Erasmus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Erasmus was in 1921 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Random Erasmus Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Erasmus is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Erasmus: Your name in reverse order is Sumsare. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Muessar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Erasmus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 281 people with the last name Erasmus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Erasmus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Erasmus as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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