What does Ransom mean?
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.
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 from current records), Randolph and Randal are the prominent alternative forms of Ransom appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these relations of Ransom was widespread among parents during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.633%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.122%, down 81%), with the versions Randal, Randolph and Ransom becoming less in vogue. Randy 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)
Suggested similar baby names are Hansel, Hanson, Janse, Janson, Mansel, Maxson, Raheem, Ramzan, Randel, Randon, Rankin, Rankine, Rankinn, Ransly, Rawson, Renton, Ronson, Sansom, Sanson and Tanson. Like Ransom, these names are not commonly used.