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What does Ramsay mean?

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, norse, strong, surname, scotland.


Ramsay has 3 variants: Ramsey, Ramzey and Ramzi.

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

(female) Ramray, Ramsa, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

The only prominent variation form of Ramsay (not ranked) is Ramsey (#1649 in 2014). This relation of Ramsay was favored 2 decades ago (#976) and is somewhat less widespread today. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Ramsay and related names. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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.