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Erasmus Name Meaning

North German Dutch and West Indian (Dutch Caribbean): from the personal name Erasmus Latin form of Greek Erasmos a derivative of erān ‘to love’. Saint Erasmus (died 303) was a bishop of Formiae (modern Formia) in Campania who was martyred under Diocletian; he is numbered among the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is a patron of sailors. However in northern Europe from the 16th century onward the name was more often selected in honor of the great Renaissance Dutch humanist scholar and teacher Erasmus Roterodamus (1469–1536). This surname is also established in South Africa.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Rasmus, Ramus, Asmus, Deramus, Grass, Blasius, Cadmus, Krass, Drass

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Where is the Erasmus family from?

You can see how Erasmus families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erasmus family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Erasmus families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 26 Erasmus families living in Glamorgan. This was about 37% of all the recorded Erasmus's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Erasmus families in 1891.
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What did your Erasmus ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Erasmus. 50% of Erasmus men worked as a General Labourer and 95% of Erasmus women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erasmus were Colliery Hewer and Household Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    50%
  • Colliery Hewer
    50%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    95%
  • Household Duties
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 811 immigration records available for the last name Erasmus. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 845 military records available for the last name Erasmus. For the veterans among your Erasmus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Erasmus lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Erasmus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Erasmus in 1963 was 75, and 89 in 2004.

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