"beloved, desired"

Erasmus Origin and Meaning

The name Erasmus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "beloved, desired".

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 DarwinEnglish physician; grandfather of Charles Darwin
  • Erasmus JamesAmerican NFL football player
  • Erasmus GowerBritish naval officer and colonial governor
  • Erasmus OmmanneyBritish naval officer and Arctic explorer
  • Erasmus Arlington "Arlie" PondAmerican baseball player and army physician
  • Desiderius ErasmusDutch Renaissance scholar and author of "Praise of Folly"

Erasmus in Pop Culture

  • Erasmuscharacter in "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George
  • Erasmuscharacter in "Barbie of Swan Lake"
  • Erasmascharacter in "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson
  • Erasmus Holidaycharacter in "Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
  • Erasmus Leea character from the popular Netflix series “Peaky Blinders”

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