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Gender: M Meaning of Erasmus: "beloved, desired" Origin of Erasmus: Greek

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Erasmus has long retained the image of the bearded and bespectacled Dutch philosopher, but could be one that the audacious baby namer just might dare to dust off.

The fourth century Saint Erasmus was also known as Elmo, the patron saint of sailors. The name is closely associated with Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus, who was born Geert Geerts.

Another less known bearer was Charles Darwin's grandfather, the poet, naturalist and physician Erasmus Darwin. The fictional Erasmus Holyday is a learned teacher in Walter Scott's 1821 novel Kenilworth, published at a time when the name did have some popularity in England.

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Famous People Named Erasmus

Erasmus Darwin, the naturalist/poet and grandfather of Charles.

Pop Culture References for the Name Erasmus

Erasmus, character in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.
There was a professor/magician-type character named Erasmus in Barbie's version of Swan Lake; he got turned into a worm at some point.
Erasmas (this spelling) is the hero of Neal Stephenson's Anathem

Erazmus, Rastus

Erasmus's International Variations

Érasme (French) Erasmo, Erusmo, Isasmo, Erazino, Eresmo, Rasmus, Erasmun, Ras (Spanish)