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

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

Pop Culture References for the name Erasmus

Rastus, Erazmus

Erasmus's International Variations

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


saoirse123 Says:


Except for the fact it's a bit close to "erase me", I'd this does have to makings of a daring name.

Mary Magdalene Says:


I've never seen Desiderius Erasmus (the Dutch scholar) depicted with a beard or glasses.