Rasmus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished German surname Rasmus 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 Rasmus or a variation of it.
Early Origins of the Rasmus family
The surname Rasmus 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 Rasmus family
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Rasmus 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 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 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
- 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"
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- 813 Hans and Sofie Rasmussen by Maynard LeRoy May.