What does Ransom mean?
Ransom /ran-som/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Ransom▼ has 1 variant: Ransome.more]
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ransom for boys. Ransom was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #560 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Randy (#511 the previous year), Randall (#908), Randell, Randal and Randolph are the prominent alternative forms of Ransom appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.663%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.0968%, down 85.4%), with the versions Randall, Randolph, Randal, Randell and Ransom falling out of style. Randy (#511) is the most chic boy name in this list. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ransom and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)