Show ContentsAsmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Asmus is a patronymic name derived from the German personal name Erasmus (which in turn was derived from the Latinized form of the Greek word "erasmos," meaning love), borne by an early Christian saint. 1 Generally, many of the family evolved the name to Rasmussen in Denmark. The suffix '-sen' is translatable as 'son of.'

Asmus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasmussen, Rasmusen, Asmussen, Rasmus, Asmus, Erasmus and many more.

Early Notables of the Asmus family

  • Desiderius Erasmus of Roterdam (c. 1466-1536), perhaps the most influential intellectual of the Rennaissance period...
  • Jesper Rasmussen Brochmand (1585-1652) was a Danish Lutheran clergyman, theologian and professor who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Zealand...

Asmus Ranking

In the United States, the name Asmus is the 18,354th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

United States Asmus migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Asmus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C J A Asmus, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 3

Australia Asmus migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Asmus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Johann Christian Asmus, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder" 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Asmus (post 1700) +

  • Ken Asmus (b. 1954), American politician, Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1998 5
  • Karin Asmus, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 5
  • Asmus Nicolai Clausen (1911-1943), German U-boat commander of the Second World War who is credited with sinking 23 ships

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook