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What does Ramsay mean?

Ramsay Pronunciation of Ramsay [ram-say] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Ramsay) is pronounced RAM-zee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ramsay is "garlic island". Also possibly "raven island" or "ram island", or (Old Norse) "strong island". Place name that was originally a common surname in Scotland. English statesman Ramsay McDonald; American Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

Associated with: old english, raven, old, norse, strong, surname, scotland.


Ramsay has 3 variants: Ramsey, Ramzey and Ramzi.

Creative forms:
(male) Ransay, Rasay, ..

(female) Ramray, Ramsa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ramsay Bailey (R.B.), ..

How popular is Ramsay?

Ramsay is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#4347 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only prominent variation form of Ramsay (not ranked) is Ramsey (#1346 in 2015). This relation of Ramsay was favored 2 decades ago (#976) and has remained as popular to this day. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ramsey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ramsay and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Dantay, Esmay, Farlay, Galway, Imray, Ismay, Jamsey, Jaray, Laray, Linsay, Racham, Radley, Radly, Radwan, Rafa, Rafal, Raffy, Ragnar, Raham, Raja, Rajah, Rajan, Ram, Rama, Rameses, Ramey, Rami, Ramiro, Ramon, Ramond, Ramone, Ramos, Ramsden, Ramses, Ramy, Ramzan, Randal, Randey, Randy, Ransley, Ransly (see Ransley), Ransom, Ras, Rashad, Rashae, Rawley, Rawly, Rawson, Ray, Rayman, Raynar, Remmey, Remmy, Remy, Risly (see Risley), Rojay, Roman, Romney, Rusty and Sanjay. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ramsay.

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