Meaning and name origin
Ransom \r(a)-nsom, ran-som\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ransom is "warrior's shield". Also possibly "shield's son" or a variant of Randolph. Used as first name mainly in the late Victorian era.
Ransom▼ has 1 variant form: Ransome.
Ransom is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1906 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ransom for boys. Ransom reached its highest rank of #560 in the U.S. in 1880-1889 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ransom and its variant form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ransom and Randolph. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).