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

The name Erasmus is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "beloved, desired". Erasmus and is often added to lists like Ancient Roman Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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, English physician; grandfather of Charles Darwin
Erasmus James, American NFL football player
Erasmus Gower, British naval officer and colonial governor
Erasmus Ommanney, British naval officer and Arctic explorer
Erasmus Arlington "Arlie" Pond, American baseball player and army physician
Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance scholar and author of "Praise of Folly"

Pop Culture References for the name Erasmus

Erasmus, character in "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George
Erasmus, character in "Barbie of Swan Lake"
Erasmas, character in "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson
Erasmus Holiday, character in "Kenilworth" by Sir Walter Scott
Erasmus Lee, a character from the popular Netflix series “Peaky Blinders”

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.