Rasmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Rasmus 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.'
Rasmus Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rasmussen, Rasmusen, Asmussen, Rasmus, Asmus, Erasmus and many more.
Early Notables of the Rasmus family (pre 1700)
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Rasmus migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Rasmus Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Niels Rasmus, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870 
Contemporary Notables of the name Rasmus (post 1700) +
- Colby Ryan Rasmus (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder
- Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886-1957), Danish illustrator
- Peder Rasmus Lyng (1799-1863), Norwegian politician
- Rasmus S Midgett (1851-1926), United States Life-Saving Service, recipient of the Gold Lifesaving Medal, single-handedly rescued ten men from the sinking barkentine "Priscilla"
- Rasmus Bengtsson (b. 1993), Swedish professional ice hockey player
- Rasmus Bengtsson (b. 1986), Swedish footballer
- Rasmus Hanson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1892; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896 
- Rasmus Christoffer Elm (b. 1988), Swedish footballer
- Rasmus Villads Christian Ferdinand Winther (1796-1876), Danish lyric poet
- Rasmus Cristoffer Elms (b. 1988), Swedish footballer
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Suggested Readings for the name Rasmus +
- Hans and Sofie Rasmussen by Maynard LeRoy May.