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Boy Name: Erasmus

Name: Erasmus
Pronunciation: \e-ras-mus, er(a)-smus\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: to love
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Rasmus
Sounds Like: Arsemio
Variant forms: Erasme, Erasmios, Erasmo, Ras


Erasmus \e-ras-mus, er(a)-smus\ as a boy's name is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Erasmus is "to love". Latin form of the Greek Erasmos. Saint Erasmus was a saint popularly known as Saint Elmo. The 16th-century Dutch humanist philosopher Geert Gerts wrote as Desiderius Erasmus (Desiderius is the Latin form of Erasmus.)

Erasmus has 4 variant forms: Erasme, Erasmios, Erasmo and Ras.

For more information, see also the related name Rasmus.

A baby name that sounds like Erasmus is Arsemio.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Erasmus.


Erasmus is not a popular first name for men and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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