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Origin of the name ELMO.
Etymology of the name ELMO.
Meaning of the baby name ELMO.


ELMO.  Contracted form of Latin Erasmus (q.v.), meaning "amiable."  Elmo and Ermo were much confused.  St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  Usage: America, England, Italy.

Elmo (St.).  The fire of St. Elmo (Feu de Saint Elme), a comazant.  If only one appears on a ship-mast, foul weather is at hand; but if two or more, they indicate that stormy weather is about to cease.  By the Italians these comazants are called the "fires of St. Peter and St. Nicholas."  In Latin the single fire is called "Helen," but the two "Castor and Pollux."  Horace says (Odes, l. xii. 27):  Quorum simul alba nautis stella refulsit, Deffuit saxis agitatus humor. Concidunt venti, fugiuntque nubes, etc.  But Longfellow makes the stella indicative of foul weather:  Last night I saw St. Elmo's stars, With their glimmering lanterns all at play... And I knew we should have foul weather to-day. Longfellow, The Golden Legend. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, Allusions, &c., Brewer, v.2, 1899)


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