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Erasmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Danish , German


The distinguished German surname Erasmus is derived from the Greek term "erasmos," meaning "loved," and was initially used as a personal name. It was most likely originally borne as a surname by the son of someone named Erasmus or a variation of it.


Early Origins of the Erasmus family


The surname Erasmus was first found in Hessen, where the name was closely identified in the early period of history with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout Europe. The name was first seated in Frankfort from about the 14th century, and would later emerge as an influential noble family, having many distinguished branches, and well known for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Erasmus family


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Erasmus Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasmusson, Rasmus, Asmus, Eras, Rasem, Asam, Asum, Rassmann, Assmann, Raes, Raskin, Rasmussen, Asmussen, Asmusson, Erasmi, Erasmus, Ausmus, Assman and many more.

Early Notables of the Erasmus family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Erasmus family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Koza, Austria, in 1907
  • Percy Erasmus, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Erasmus (post 1700)


  • Mrs. Charles C. Erasmus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1956
  • Garth Erasmus (b. 1956), South African artist
  • Daniel Jacobus Erasmus (1830-1913), South African Boer political figure
  • Roy Erasmus, Canadian politician and lawyer from Northwest Territories
  • Daniel Erasmus, South African athlete who won twelve medals at the Paralympic Games Japan
  • Justin Erasmus (b. 1990), South African baseball player in the USA
  • Frans C. Erasmus (1896-1967), South African National Party politician
  • Georges Henry Erasmus QC (b. 1948), Canadian Aboriginal politician
  • Jaco Erasmus (b. 1979), South African-born Italian rugby union naturalized player
  • Marais Erasmus (b. 1964), South African cricket umpire and member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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