Last name origin & meaning:
Danish, North German, and Dutch: from a reduced form of the
personal name Erasmus, Latin form of Greek Erasmos, a
derivative of erān ‘to love’. St. Erasmos (died 303) was a
bishop of Formia in Campania, who was martyred under Diocletian.
However, in northern Europe from the 16th century onwards, the name
was more often selected in honor of the great Renaissance Dutch
humanist scholar and teacher Erasmus Roterodamus (1469–1536).
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