The surname Erasmus 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.  Generally, many of the family evolved the name to Rasmussen in Denmark. The suffix '-sen' is translatable as 'son of.'
Erasmus Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasmussen, Rasmusen, Asmussen, Rasmus, Asmus, Erasmus and many more.
Early Notables of the Erasmus family (pre 1700)
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Erasmus migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Erasmus Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Erasmus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Julius Erasmus, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1877
Willem Erasmus, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1894
Erasmus Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
John J. Erasmus, who immigrated to America, in 1904
Katarina Erasmus, aged 21, who landed in America from Roga, in 1905
Anton Erasmus, aged 40, who settled in America from Roza, in 1905
Weronika Erasmus, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from Koza, Austria, in 1907
Percy Erasmus, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1911