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What does Ransom mean?

Ransom Pronunciation of Ransom [ran-som] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: old english, warrior, shield (defender), victorian (medieval).


Ransom has 1 variant: Ransome.

4 more related forms via Randolph: Randal, Randolf, Randy and Ranolf.

Creative forms:
(male) Rafsom, Rasom, ..

(female) Ranros, Ransa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ransom Axel (R.A.), ..

How popular is Ransom?

Ransom is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2113 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ransom was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #562 in the U.S. then, and is at #1571 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ransom name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ransom outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Randy (#570 from current records), Randolph, Randolf and Randal are the prominent alternative forms of Ransom (#1571 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ransom was widespread among parents 7 decades ago (adoption of 0.73%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.03%, down 96%), with versions like Randolph going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ransom, Randal, Randolf, Randolph, Randy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Anscom, Bascom, Hanson, Janson, Lathom, Malcom, Marom, Racham, Rachim, Radnor, Ragnor, Raham, Raheem, Rahiem, Rahim, Rahm, Rainor, Rains, Ralston, Ram, Ramon, Ramos, Ramsay, Ramses, Ramsey, Ranald, Rance, Rancel, Rand, Randel, Randey, Randi, Randie, Randl (see Randall), Randle, Randon, Rane, Ranell, Range, Ranger, Ranier, Ranjit, Rankin, Ransford, Ransley, Ransly (see Ransley), Ras, Rashod, Rawson, Raydon, Raymon, Raynor, Reno, Renton, Renzo, Ringo, Robson, Ronson, Russo, Sansom, Sanson, Tanson and Windom. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ransom.

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